Mar 4, 2024 - News

Texas Hill Country is a top spot for solar eclipse bookings

A woman next to a beer and a cactus, with solar eclipse shadows over her, in the Texas Hill Country in October 2023.

Shadows cast during last year's annular solar eclipse in the Texas Hill Country. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Hill Country has emerged as one of the most-booked destinations in the U.S. for the solar eclipse weekend, per new data from Airbnb.

Why it matters: Looks like a lot of people are headed to our region.

The big picture: Searches for short-term rentals along the solar eclipse path in the U.S. for the period of April 5-8 have increased 1,000% compared to the same period in 2023, per Airbnb.

  • Texas is among the most-booked states across all of North America on Airbnb.

By the numbers: As of Thursday, over 35% of listings in San Antonio were still available to book.

What they're saying: The mayor of Llano, about 100 miles north of San Antonio, advised residents to stock up on supplies.

  • "Be prepared to hunker down and stay home for a couple of days as the traffic in the area may prevent easy movement," Mayor Marion Bishop wrote on Facebook.

Threat level: Preparing for a tourist surge, Bell County preemptively issued a disaster declaration.

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