Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse 

In case you hadn't heard, there's a total solar eclipse happening this year. On August 21, 2017, starting at 10:15:56.5 am PDT at Government Point, Oregon, the first total solar eclipse in 38 years will occur (the last one was February 26, 1979).

This is obviously a big event, but if you want to see it, you'll need to make sure that you're in the right spot come the morning/afternoon of August 21st. Although everyone in the continental US will see a partial eclipse, if you want to see the complete, 100% coverage, you'll need to be along the path of totality.

The path of the total solar eclipse will roughly start in the Pacific Northwest along the border of Washington and Oregon, then proceed through the middle of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, the Mid West, and end by passing over South Carolina into the Atlantic (terminating, ultimately, somewhere over the ocean closer to Africa than North America). From start to finish, the event will last from 10:15:56.5 am PDT to 2:39pm EDT and will touch upon 10 states.

The only major U.S. city it will pass directly over is Nashville, Tennessee, which will experience just over 2 minutes of totality. Though no other major city experience totality, the cities below are the closest to experience a total eclipse. In order:

  • Portland, Oregon, with 99% coverage
  • Atlanta, Georgia, with 97% coverage
  • Memphis, Tennessee, with 93% coverage
  • Seattle, Washington, and Denver, Colorado, with 92% coverage
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, with 91% coverage

Some smaller cities and towns that will experience total coverage include:

  • Carbondale, IL
  • Casper, WY
  • Columbia, MO
  • Columbia, SC
  • Grand Island, NB
  • Greenville, SC
  • Hopkinsville, KY
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Paducah, KY
  • Saint Joseph, MO
  • Salem, OR

The place that will experience the longest period of totality (a whopping 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds) is slightly south of Carbondale, Illinois, in Giant City State Park.

Get the Best View in a Lance Camper

If you need to do some traveling to view the solar eclipse, do it in a Lance Camper. The versatility and freedom that life in a Lance Camper offers will allow you to go where the action is, in this case, the darkest. Find a Lance Camper dealership near you today and tour a few models to find the one that fits you best.