Great American Eclipse Draws Tourists to Path of Totality
Associated Press - April 21, 2016 12:24 pm
Hotel rooms already are going fast in Wyoming, Nebraska and other states along the path of next year’s solar eclipse.
The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, will be the first in the mainland U.S. in almost four decades. Communities from Oregon to South Carolina are billing themselves as the best places to view the rare event.
All are located within a 65-mile-wide path that will experience total eclipse – skies so dark stars will be visible at midday.
A national astronomy convention has reserved the largest hotel in Casper, Wyoming. Madras, Oregon, is planning a SolarFest with camping, music and beer gardens.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, boasts it is in the zone that will experience the longest duration of total eclipse: 2 minutes, 41 seconds.