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10 Places To See The Total Solar Eclipse

Grant Allen/Adventure Tribune
The total solar eclipse on August 21 will pass across the United States over some cool adventure destinations that sit in the path of totality. Where will you be?

On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse, an event which people may only see once in their entire life, if they're lucky. A total solar eclipse occurs about once every two years throughout the entire world; viewing an eclipse from a specific point on the Earth's surface is a different story.

Some places won't see an eclipse for another 400 years. Some places may experience a solar eclipse, but the weather may cloud the view. So, experiencing a total solar eclipse could well be a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

If you want to spend the solar eclipse in a cool spot with a great view of the "path of totality," here are some places to investigate. Drive yourself, as airfare has skyrocketed for the weekend event. And act quickly when planning accommodations, as some of these places will be drastically overcrowded in "light" of the eclipse.

1. Lincoln City, Oregon
The Oregon Coast is the first place in the United States that will experience the eclipse, and Lincoln City is right in the path of totality. On a busy day, the small coastal town sees about 4,500 tourists; on the weekend of the eclipse, it's expecting 40,000.

2. Madras, Oregon
In the heart of Central Oregon, Madras and the surrounding area should be an adventure destination of its own. Pair that with 300 days of sun and a solar eclipse, and you have the most anticipated spot in the country to see the event. The lone highway in and out of the city will likely be closed for emergency vehicles that entire weekend, so plan to stay a while.

3. Snake River, Oregon/Idaho
The Snake River runs along the border of Oregon and Washington through the infamous Hell's Canyon. Find a camping spot (if they're still available) and enjoy the canyon view before the astronomical one.

4. Boise, Idaho
Boise is a cool town; it features plenty of hiking, river rafting, and hunting. It also happens to be in the path of totality. Find a hotel or a camping spot and settle in.

5. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Thousands of people flock to Yellowstone each year to see its stunning geysers, unbeatable hiking trails, and comfortable animal preserves. On August 21, adventurers will flock to Yellowstone to experience the eclipse as well.

6. Casper, Wyoming
This cool town in the heart of Wyoming is a road trippers dream and a Western movie fan's ideal landscape. It's full of camping spots and open space, but it's another popular eclipse-watching destination, so watch out for crowds.

7. Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
Watch the eclipse along the Mississippi River in the same location where the famous author spent time exploring the wilderness that ended up spawning The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

8. Nashville, Tennessee
The home of country music and songwriting is also an awesome place to see the eclipse in the path of totality. Spend the weekend listening to country music, and then spend the morning of August 21 watching a natural phenomenon.

9. Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina
Explore the wilderness of North Carolina by camping or backpacking through the pristine forests of Nantahala National Forest before witnessing the total solar eclipse. Then, make your way into civilization for some epic barbecue.

10. Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina
Named for a Revolutionary War hero who likely inspired The Patriot, this historic and scenic forest is an ideal place for an outdoor adventurer to camp out and watch the tail end of the total solar eclipse before it sets off into the ocean.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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