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?
We’ve put together state-by-state guides with free camping options and eclipse-related events:
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.
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.
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.
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?
Want to meet up? We’ll be in Jackson, WY with advance copies of the first issue of our magazine.