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Best Cities To See The Total Eclipse Of The Sun

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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. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If you love nature, 0ne of the best places to see the total eclipse of the sun is the southernmost part of the Grand Teton National Park! The scenic park nearly lines up with the northern limit of the path, which will give you 2 minutes and 15 seconds of totality at approximately 11:34 am MDT.

Where To Stay: Bentwood Inn Bed and Breakfast

Located just under 10 minutes from the Grand Teton National Park is the Bentwood Inn Bed and Breakfast! Sitting on several acres, this rustic log cabin was constructed from 200-year-old logs from the Yellowstone National Park. All year long, you can see wildlife passing through the property.


3. Kingston, Tennessee

Kingston, Tennessee ranks high on our list with a long duration of totality: 2 minutes and 9 seconds! The partial phase starts at 1:03 pm EDT and totality will follow at approximately 2:32 pm EDT.

Where To Stay: Whitestone Country Inn

Nestled on the shores of Watts Bar Lake, the Whitestone Country Inn is a tranquil place where natural beauty meets elegant accommodations and fine dining. Each of the inn’s rooms are named for birds living in the Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuge next door.


4. 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.

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5. 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.


6. 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: Two Meeting Street Inn Bed and Breakfast or John Rutledge House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Noted for its southern hospitality, the Two Meeting Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is the epitome of southern style. One of the most photographed porches in the South, its grand veranda beckons guests to sit and enjoy the ocean breeze with a mint julep or glass of sweet tea in hand.

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.

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7. Townsend, Tennessee

If you live in Townsend or are planning to be there for the next total eclipse, you’ll experience totality for 1 minute and 28 seconds, starting at 2:34 pm EDT. The partial phase will start a little over an hour before at 1:05 pm EDT!

Where To Stay: The Richmont Inn of the Great Smokies B&B

The epitome of tranquility, the Richmont Inn of the Great Smokies B&B sits high atop an eleven-acre ridge surrounded by all the glory of the Smoky Mountains. This luxurious Townsend bed and breakfast serves gourmet breakfast each morning and complimentary coffee with dessert under the stars each evening!

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8. 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!


9. Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri

We lumped both cities together because the total eclipse will travel directly between, making both the northern edge of Kansas City and the southern edge of St. Louis great spots for viewing! Due to its interesting path, there isn’t a specific time noted for when and how long totality will occur here so prepare to be on the lookout all day.

Where To Stay in Kansas City: Southmoreland on the Plaza – An Urban Inn

One of the best things about the Southmoreland on the Plaza is its prime location. Just one and a half blocks from the famous Country Club Plaza, this urban inn is far enough away to enjoy a relaxing getaway yet close enough if you need a little retail therapy.

Where To Stay in St. Louis: Fleur-de-Lys Mansion

Located in the Compton Heights Historic District, the elegant Fleur-de-Lys Mansion dates back to the early 1900s. Its luxurious atmosphere and amenities have earned it many accolades from traveler choice and excellence awards to Midwest Living’s Best of the Midwest back in 2011.

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

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