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Watch the Eclipse at These National Park Service Locations Around DC

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Ready to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse but don’t want to drive to Kentucky? The National Park Service has got you covered. According to NPS, the eclipse event will begin around 1:15 pm and end at 4 pm, with peak view at 2:45 pm. Here are the best spots in the DMV to grab glasses (limited quantities are available at nearly every location), watch the event, and participate in eclipse activities and interactive programming at park visitor centers and throughout the grounds:

National Mall and Memorial Parks 
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC

Monocacy National Battlefield 
5201 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD

Rock Creek Park 
3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
Washington, DC

National Air and Space Museum and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center :
Independence Avenue at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA

Catoctin Mountain Park
14707 Park Central Road
Thurmont, MD

Fort Washington Park
13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD

Prince William Forest Park
18170 Park Entrance Road
Triangle, VA

George Washington Memorial Parkway
George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway
McLean, VA

Piscataway Park
3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
Various visitor center locations throughout the 184.5 miles of the canal can be found here.


Former editorial fellow Kayla Randall is City Lights editor at Washington City Paper.