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Get Thee to Totality: Kansas City

Mid-century architecture and a museum full of cookie cutters await on the route to Atlas Obscura's Ecliptic Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

On April 8, 2024, the moon’s shadow will completely cover the sun for around three and a half minutes. The last total solar eclipse to travel across the United States was in 2017, and it won’t happen again for another 20 years. To celebrate, Atlas Obscura is throwing an out-of-this-world eclipse festival featuring four days of music, science, art, and wonder. The path of totality is narrow, and our festival site near Hot Springs National Park offers a chance to see the eclipse in its full glory.

To join us, you’ll need to do two things: get yourself a ticket, and get yourself to Arkansas. There are few things we love more than a good road trip, so we’ve put together a series of guides for getting to Hot Springs while exploring some fascinating places.

Making your way to Atlas Obscura’s Ecliptic Festival from Kansas City? The 400-mile drive will take you about seven hours. Along the way, you can stop to see a museum dedicated to cookie cutters, a Frank Lloyd Wright house that was brought to the Ozarks from New Jersey, and more.