Almost Fearless

This Summer: Total Solar Eclipse Across America

On August 21, 2017, a breathtaking celestial event will occur across North America: a total solar eclipse. As the moon passes in front of the sun, the sky will darken, the sun will be obscured, and the corona — the sun’s atmosphere — will be the only light visible.


The last time this happened over the US was in 1979.

This year’s eclipse is notable for Americans because it crosses from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. If you’re in the zone of totality, you’ll be able to see the full eclipse (see the map below). No pressure, but if you have kids, this is the year to do it, as the next one won’t be until 2024 (forever in parenting years). Of course, the partial eclipse will be visible across the country, but if you’re not living in path of the eclipse, what’s the best way to see it?

Road trip!

We’ve put together state-by-state guides with free camping options and eclipse-related events:


See it first on the beach in Depoe Bay or set up camp in Madras for the Oregon Solarfest. Read the full Oregon guide.


Attend the Weiser Eclipse Festival in Weiser, ID or camp out in Mackay’s Broad Canyon and Lake Creek campgrounds. Read the full Idaho guide.


The eclipse passes over Grand Teton National park in Jackson, WY – and the city officials have been planning events since last year. Jackson is the perfect place to see the eclipse and certainly the most picturesque. (bonus: Yellowstone is a short drive north). Read the full Wyoming guide.


Much of highway 80 runs along the eclipse path but in Alliance, NE you can attend the Car Henge’s 2017 Eclipse event. Read the full Nebraska guide.


Only a small portion of the state will be in the path of the eclipse, but Hiwatha will be hosting the Brown Country Blackout. Read the full Kansas guide.


If you’re looking for cities along the eclipse path, Missouri has plenty: Jefferson City, Columbia, St. Joseph and St. Clair. Or if you’re willing to see just a partial eclipse Kansas City and St. Louis are quite close to the path. Read the full Missouri guide.


Only a small corner of the state is in the eclipse path but no worries, Southern Illinois University has a massive line up of activities. Read the full Illinois guide.


In Hopkinsville, KY, the eclipse lines up with their annual “Little Green Man” event celebrating the alleged 1955 appearance of an extraterrestrial. Locals say it’s going to be the best place in the country to see the eclipse and with their event line up they might be right. Read the full Kentucky guide.


Nashville! If you’ve never been, this is certainly the year to go. They have events across the city and in all the state and national parks. Read the full Tennessee guide.

North Carolina

If you want the best viewing, check out Graham County in the Smokey Mountains. There’s also events planned in Andrews and Highlands. Read the full North Carolina guide.

South Carolina

The south and central part of the state are the last locations to view the eclipse before it passes over the Atlantic Ocean. Check out Columbia, and Greenville for the best events. Read the full South Carolina guide.

Don’t want to forget?

Add this event as a reminder

Want to meet up? We’ll be in Jackson, WY with advance copies of the first issue of our magazine.

Christine Gilbert

I’ve been dragging my husband around the world since 2008 always with the promise that, “Yes, Drew there will definitely be hammocks there.”


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