The upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, presents a unique opportunity for both astronomy enthusiasts and the outdoor hospitality industry. Spacious Skies Campgrounds, strategically located in the path of this rare celestial event, offers an unparalleled viewing experience across nine of its campgrounds in the Eastern United States.
This eclipse is particularly significant as it marks a rare occurrence, with the next total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. not expected until August 23, 2044. The path of the eclipse will traverse from Mexico to Maine, placing Spacious Skies Campgrounds in a prime position for viewing.
Ali Rasmussen, co-founder of Spacious Skies Campgrounds, highlights the unique nature of this event at their locations.
Rasmussen said, “At Spacious Skies Campgrounds, the stars are more than just a backdrop—they’re part of our story. Watching a solar eclipse here is not just a spectacle, it’s a shared celestial experience.”
The campgrounds are situated in New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. These locations are not only ideal for eclipse viewing but also offer proximity to national and state parks and charming towns. They provide a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking and fishing, as well as amenities like sport courts and playgrounds.
The eclipse viewing experience will vary across the different campgrounds. Spacious Skies Belle Ridge in Monterey, Tennessee, will witness the eclipse at 2:05 p.m., while Spacious Skies Savannah Oaks in Savannah, Georgia, will experience it at 3:08 p.m.
Similarly, Spacious Skies Hidden Creek in Marion, North Carolina, Spacious Skies Bear Den in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, and Spacious Skies Peach Haven in Gaffney, South Carolina, will all see the eclipse at 3:10 p.m.
The eclipse will be visible at Spacious Skies Sandy Run in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 3:14 p.m., at Spacious Skies Shenandoah Views in Luray, Virginia, at 3:18 p.m., at Spacious Skies Country Oaks in Dorothy, New Jersey, at 3:23 p.m., and finally at Spacious Skies French Pond in Henniker, New Hampshire, at 3:29 p.m.
In addition to traditional RV sites, Spacious Skies Campgrounds offers a variety of accommodations, including cabins and glamping options like yurts and retro trailers. This diversity in accommodation types caters to a wide range of preferences, enhancing the appeal of these campgrounds to a broader audience.
The Spacious Skies Loyalty Program, known as “Cosmic Campers,” provides up to a 12 percent discount on all RV sites, cabins, and other accommodations. The annual membership fee for the program is $31.90.
Spacious Skies Campgrounds also offers seasonal camping deals and other specials, adding value to the camping experience. These deals are designed to attract a wide range of campers, from casual vacationers to dedicated eclipse chasers.
The 2024 solar eclipse event presents a significant opportunity for the campground and outdoor hospitality industry. It not only draws attention to the unique experiences offered by campgrounds but also highlights the importance of strategic location and diverse accommodation options in attracting and retaining guests. For campground and RV park owners, this event underscores the potential of aligning natural phenomena and unique experiences with their offerings to create memorable and sought-after camping experiences.
The 2024 total solar eclipse offers a rare and exciting opportunity for both campers and campground operators. Spacious Skies Campgrounds, with its strategic locations and diverse accommodations, sets an example for the industry in capitalizing on unique natural events to enhance the camping experience and attract a wider audience. This event is not just a celestial spectacle; it’s a testament to the evolving nature of outdoor hospitality and the endless possibilities it holds for creating unforgettable experiences.
Featured image from Spacious Skies Belle Ridge.