On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will be visible in part of the United States. Compared to a solar eclipse, the path of an annular solar eclipse is relatively narrow. This means that a smaller portion of the country will be able to view the eclipse as compared to the number that were able to view the solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017.
The path of the October 2023 annular solar eclipse will begin in the U.S. on the coast of Oregon. From there, it will pass through the Northern half of Nevada, and continue across mid and Southern Utah. It will then pass through the middle of New Mexico and the Southern portion of Texas before crossing into the Gulf of Mexico.
If you’re planning to visit Southern Utah to view the annular solar eclipse, you’ll have a wide variety of destinations to choose from. One great option is to book private lux tours from Utah Luxury Tours. These two specialty tours are designed to give guests the best possible viewing experience for the eclipse and include tours of some of the region’s most incredible national parks.
Thinking about booking a national park tour to view the eclipse? Keep reading to learn what to expect, and why our private lux tours are the best way to see this special event.
What is the Annular Solar Eclipse?
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon, in its elliptical orbit, falls perfectly between the Earth and the sun. This unique positioning creates a stunning visual where the moon covers the center of the sun, creating a brilliant ring-like outline—often referred to as the “ring of fire.”
The annular eclipse gets its name from the Latin word “annulus,” which means “ring. Unlike a solar eclipse, where the sun is entirely blocked by the moon, an annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is near its apogee, or the furthest point in its orbit away from the Earth. Because the moon appears to be slightly smaller than the sun, it fails to fully block out the light, resulting in the ring of fire appearance.
Why Book Private Lux Tours to Experience the Annular Solar Eclipse
Whether you’re traveling from another state or even country to view the annular solar eclipse or you’re a local looking to enjoy an amazing experience, the best way to view the eclipse is with private lux tours from Utah Luxury Tours.
Two Tours to Choose From
Utah Luxury Tours is offering two different national park tour options for the annular solar eclipse this October. On our Las Vegas Annular Eclipse Tour, guests will start their adventure with a night in Las Vegas before traveling on to Southern Utah, with a stop in the Valley of Fire State Park. We’ll tour Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. On the final day, we’ll view the annular solar eclipse from within Bryce Canyon, before seeing the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs before returning to Las Vegas.
Our second option is the Rocky Mountaineer & The Ring of Fire Tour. This private lux tour kicks off in Denver. Guests will then travel to Moab, and board the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury passenger train that will travel to Glenwood Springs and back, passing some incredible landscapes along the way. We’ll tour Canyonlands and Arches National Park before heading south to Bryce Canyon. On the last day of the tour, we’ll view the eclipse from Bryce Canyon, and tour Zion on our way to Las Vegas.
The Best Viewing Locations
One of the best reasons to book a national park tour to view the annular solar eclipse is the chance to view the eclipse from the best possible location.
Both of our private lux tours will include a viewing of the annular solar eclipse from the remote and beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park. This ensures you’ll get the best possible view of this amazing event.
Travel in Style and Enjoy Luxury Accommodations
If you’ve ever had a chance to enjoy a tour with Utah Luxury Tours, you know to expect luxury at every turn. From the best national park tours to our special tours like the two options for the annular solar eclipse, our guests travel in style in comfortable vans, and stay each night in the top luxury local accommodations. Plus, each of our tours is led by an experienced guide, who is there to answer questions, offer suggestions on trails and sights, and make sure your trip is perfect.
Booking Private Lux Tours to View the Annular Solar Eclipse
The annular solar eclipse occurring this fall is sure to be an incredible sight. While annular solar eclipses may occur every one to two years, they are only visible across a narrow path each time. This means that it could be many years before the U.S. has a chance to experience this incredible event again.
If you want to make this event even more special, booking one of our private lux tours is a great choice. These tours are designed to not only give guests the best possible viewing experience, but also include full national park tours to some of the region’s most beautiful parks.