This August 21, Americans will experience the first total solar eclipse since 1979 to touch the lower 48.
Here are some of the best places to watch this phenomenal solar event as it makes its way from Oregon down to South Carolina.
1. Madras, Oregon
Duration of Totality:2 minutes 4 seconds
Starts At: 10:19 a.m. PDT
Madras is located in Oregon’s high desert about a 2.5 hour drive southeast of Portland, in the shadow of Mount Jefferson. Come early for the Oregon Solar Fest and stick around after the eclipse to experience gorgeous sunsets like the one pictured here.
2. Arco, Idaho
Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 18 seconds
Starts At: 11:31 a.m. MDT
While Craters of the Moon National Monuments falls just outside of the path of totality, the city of Arco, the National Park Service, NASA and Idaho State University are partnering to put on a program of starwatching events at the park in the days leading up to the eclipse and an official viewing on the day of the eclipse in Arco.
3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 20 seconds
Starts At:11:42 a.m. MDT
Grand Teton National Park is already one of the most beautiful places in America to visit in the summer, but this August the eclipse’s path of totality goes almost directly over the small town of Jackson Hole bumping it up even higher on our bucket lists.
4. Alliance, Nebraska
Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Starts At: 11:49 a.m. MDT
You won’t be able to see the total solar eclipse at England’s Stonehenge, but you can catch it as is passes over Carhenge, an exact replica made from cars, in this small town in western Nebraska.
5. Shawnee National Forest, Illinois
Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 41.6 seconds
Starts At: 1:20 p.m. CDT
While the southern tip of Illinois isn’t a well-known tourist destination, the area surrounding the Shawnee National Forest—including nearby Carbondale—is expecting a massive influx of tourists in August since this is the place with the longest duration of totality, lasting 2 minutes 41.6 seconds.
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