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Best Cities To See The Total Eclipse Of The Sun

Select Registry - May 18, 2016

For the first time in 26 years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse in August 2017. This is a rare event where the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface for a few moments.


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Luckily for you, there are many places you can go to see the next total eclipse! Some of the best locations span across the United States from Oregon to Georgia. Not every city in these states will fall in the solar eclipse 2017’s path of totality so we’ve created a guide for you of the places with the best times and visibility.


Here are the best cities to see the total eclipse of the sun in August 2017.


Times noted below apply to the day of the next total eclipse: August 21, 2017.


1. Clayton, Georgia

Clayton, Georgia earns itself the top spot on our list because it will host one of the longest durations of totality! At approximately 2:35 pm EDT, the moon with block the sun for 2 minutes and 35 seconds. The partial phase starts earlier at 1:06 pm EDT.

Where To Stay: Beechwood Inn – Georgia’s Premier Wine Country Inn

The Beechwood Inn is a rustic getaway offering travelers a homey atmosphere and award-winning dining. The inn has been recognized for its exceptional farm to table menu and excellent wine, which it serves each evening from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm on the porch!



2. Depoe Bay, Oregon

The actual centerline of total eclipse path will pass over Depoe Bay, giving viewers 1 minute and 58 seconds of totality at approximately 10:15 am PDT! The partial phase will start a little over an hour before at 9:04 am PDT.

Where To Stay: The Whale Cove Inn or the Channel House

Perched high above the scenic Depoe Bay is a one of a kind refuge for romance on the rugged coasts of Oregon, the Whale Cove Inn. With many decks, this is a great place to witness the total eclipse of the sun!

Another exceptional lodging option in Depoe Bay is the luxurious Channel House! With all of the comforts of a first class hotel, this inn offers travelers salty ocean breezes, breathtaking panoramic views, and luxurious tubs set on oceanfront decks.


3. Clarkesville, Georgia

The total eclipse will barely grace Georgia, touching only the northernmost part of the state so only a few places here will have the honor of seeing the moon block the sun! The partial phase starts at 1:06 pm EDT and then, at approximately 2:36 pm EDT, viewers will experience 1 minute and 44 seconds of total darkness.

Where To Stay: Glen-Ella Springs Inn and Meeting Place

Nestled on 17 peaceful acres, the Glen-Ella Springs Inn and Meeting Place is an ideal spot to enjoy seclusion without being too far from all of the exciting happenings of the north Georgia mountains: antique shopping, art galleries, wineries, waterfalls, and hiking trails.


4. Charleston, South Carolina

The centerline of the solar eclipse 2017 will pass directly through South Carolina, covering over 250 miles! Charleston will see 1 minute and 33 seconds of totality at approximately 2:46 pm EDT. The partial phase will start an hour and a half earlier at 1:16 pm EDT.

Where To Stay: John Rutledge House Inn Bed and Breakfast

If you love old world glamor amidst history, consider staying at the John Rutledge House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Built by the city’s first governor and signer of the U.S. Constitution, this historic bed and breakfast is located on Broad Street, just steps from Charleston’s battery and popular shops and restaurants.

Related Post: What To Do In Charleston, South Carolina


5. McMinnville, Oregon

McMinnville, Oregon will be graced by the total eclipse mid-morning. First, the partial phase will begin at 9:05 am PDT. Then, at approximately 10:17 am PDT, McMinnville will witness 55 seconds of totality!

Where To Stay: Youngberg Hill

Youngberg Hill is the ultimate getaway for wine lovers. Surrounded by a 25+-year-old organic vineyard, this bed and breakfast offers guests authentic wines and experiences. Its expansive porch overlooks the vineyards and makes for spectacular scenery to enjoy the next total eclipse!


Where would you like to see the next total eclipse? Let us know in the comments below.

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