Many eclipse travelers leaving northern New England pulled an all-nighter

By Audrey Coleman

Image courtesy of MGN

Eclipse visitors in parts of northern New England found themselves stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic along southbound Interstate 93 in New Hampshire and U.S. Highway 1 in Houlton, Maine. The traffic continued from the late afternoon Monday, when the eclipse passed its totality, until 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

People visited cities in New Hampshire, such as Lancaster, Stewartstown, Colebrook, and Pittsburg for best viewing of the eclipse. 

In Maine, Houlton was considered the best viewing point. Patten, Rockwood, and Jackman were also points of totality. Outside the central line, towns like Presque Isle, Rangeley, Sugarloaf, and Millinocket (Mount Katahdin) were on the northern or southern limit lines, which experienced some of the best eclipse views as well. 

The next total solar eclipse will take place on August 23, 2044, and will be visible from Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.