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10 Best Places In US To Witness The Solar Eclipse, 2017

This is a historic moment for US. Because this is the first time since 1979 the US has been in the path of a full eclipse - a 90-minute (approx) extravaganza which will be the first of its kind in the country in 38 years. The entire country is very excited and are rushing to their nearest eclipse spots to witness this moment. For more information on the Great American Solar Eclipse, NASA will be will be streaming live from Clingmans Dome and other locations around the country. Here is a list of 10 best places in the country to see the eclipse!

St. Joseph, Missouri

All about the 2017 total solar eclipse in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the huge, free public event Front Page Science will be hosting at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Missouri. From there, you can experience 2 minutes and 39 seconds of totality, only 1 second short of the maximum time possible.

Upper Snake River Valley, East Idaho

The Great American Eclipse will pass over the communities of Upper Snake River Valley. From Island Park, Ashton and St. Anthony to the north, Driggs and Victor to the east, and Sugar City, Rexburg and Rigby to the south, the Upper Snake River Valley cities and counties are excited to welcome you to our communities. Below are links to city and county websites where you can find more information about these communities. In addition, Eclipse Committees have been set up in several cities and counties; links to their websites are also included below.

Casper, Wyoming

The most dramatic scenery for this 2017 eclipse can be found in Wyoming. While Yellowstone National Park is just north of totality, Grand Teton National Park is squarely centered in the eclipse path and will surely be a magnet for eclipse observers.

Nashville, Tennessee

Metro Parks says the best locations for watching the once-in-a-lifetime coast-to-coast event are parks northeast of downtown with plenty of parking and large, open grassy areas. With that in mind, the parks department developed a list of the best parks.

Carbondale, Illinois

Carbondale is the closest city to the point of greatest duration for the total 2017 solar eclipse -- the one spot in the world you can see this eclipse for the maximum amount of time. The solar eclipse path will stretch across the entire United States, reaching its point of greatest duration (GD) a few miles south of Carbondale. This region in southern Illinois is not only in the path of the 2017 eclipse, but also the 2024 eclipse, making it a unique location for being able to perform observations of both eclipses from the same location.

Charleston, South Carolina

After sweeping across Georgia and North Carolina, the Moon's shadow enters South Carolina, the final state in the eclipse track.
Historic Charleston (pop. 128,000) stands just inside the southern limit - totality there lasts 1 minute 29 seconds centered on 18:47 UT1 (14:47 EDT).

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

The exact location is situated on the Orchard Dale historical farm, just northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in the Bainbridge/Sinking Fork area of Christian County. The duration of totality will only last two minutes and 40 seconds, but this will represent the longest opportunity to view the eclipse in the entire world.

North Platte, Nebraska

The skies north of North Platte in the great Nebraska Sandhills will be the perfect location to experience the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse that will happen on August 21.

Lincoln Beach, Oregon

Just a short distance away from the center of the path of totality, it’s a breeze to get to Lincoln City. Located on the Oregon Coast, we’re only two hours southwest of Portland and one hour west of Salem. See it here first as it makes landfall and travels coast to coast across the United States.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee.