It’s not just the scientists, but a lot of children to elderly among common public too now eagerly waiting to witness the complete solar eclipse that will happen on August 21, 2017. Here in this article, we will discuss about the top 8 great viewing destinations in the path of totality to see the total solar eclipse if the weather is favorable.
You need to consider the weather of the location, mobility, and the accommodation facilities at the place if you are an outside visitor. Choose the one nearest to you and also comfortable for you to access.
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 2 minutes 4 seconds starting at 10:19 a.m. PDT
The interior of Oregon state may enjoy the best weather possibilities while being at the coastal region may impose the risk of marine clouds. Madras is a place to be easily accessed from Portland. The major catch on being here is to see Mt. Jefferson to the west getting darken even before 17 seconds before of visible totality.
Snake River Valley, Idaho
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 2 minutes 18 seconds beginning at 11:33 a.m. MDT
Snake River Valley mostly consists of lava fields and farmland. This place is also ideal due to the pretty good weather prospects.
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 2 minutes 26 seconds begins at 11:42 a.m. MDT
The annual Astrocon Conference of Astronomical League is held at Casper the immediate preceding day of solar eclipse 2017. Casper also features good weather prospects on the eclipse day and also has good mobility features with uncrowded highways towards all directions.
Sandhills, Western Nebraska
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 2 minutes 30 seconds starting at 11:49 a.m. MDT
Sandhills, Nebraska is said to be another prime location to view 2017 solar eclipse. The weather reports over the last 20 years states that 70% of the late August days can expect to be clear to view an eclipse well. The destination has good road connectivity with three highways and good accommodation facilities too.
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 2 minutes 41.6 seconds, beings at 1:20 p.m. CDT
Carbondale has the fame of being close to the crossing centerlines of August 2017 and April 2024 solar eclipses. This is also the longest eclipse point across the path of totality of 2017 eclipse. One can also simply drive towards east or west from here if clouds threat the totality view.
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 2 minutes 41.2 seconds, beginning at 1:24 p.m. CDT
Counted as one of the best city in the entire nation to view the 2017 eclipse. You can even travel hundreds of miles west or east along the centerline eclipse and receive within one or two seconds of maximum duration. But, if you want to join the real festive client, Hopkinsville is an ideal choice to make.
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 1 minute 57 seconds begins at 1:27 p.m. CDT
Nashville is the largest city among the path of totality of solar eclipse. The location of the city is about 20 miles off the centerline but still, ensures a decent two minutes totality.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The estimated duration of total eclipse: 1 minute 17 seconds and the totality beings at 2:35 p.m. EDT
The Great Smoky Mountains will surely offer great views of the eclipse if weather permits. Clingman’s Dome is identified as an intriguing point to view the expansive as it will offer the most expansive views. Adding to the overall beauty, one can also see the showed off the moon racing across the beautiful landscape of Smoky Mountains.
Along with these best spots, there are many other ideal locations too to view the eclipse in totally spreading in and around the centerline all across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.