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Solar Eclipse 2017

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience “The Great American Eclipse” — an event nearly a century in the making. As the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire country since 1918, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle. Those within the 70-mile-wide line of totality, which starts in Oregon and ends in South Carolina, will get to witness up to 2 minutes, 40 seconds of darkness.

In this series, we’ll spotlight a few of the best viewing locations along the path, including Idaho Falls, ID, Casper, WY, Nashville, TN and Greenville, SC. Whether you travel to your preferred city the weekend before or turn the trip into a weeklong summer vacation, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in each locale.

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Viewing Location Spotlight: Nashville, TN

One of the best viewing areas along the path is in Nashville, TN. Fly into Nashville International Airport, where you can pick up a vehicle from Advantage Rent A Car and set out for an unforgettable family adventure in Music City.

As the largest U.S. city in the line of totality, Nashville has lots of great locations to observe the nearly 2 minutes of darkness — including city and state parks, as well as outside all of the city’s major attractions.

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Official viewing parties include First Tennessee Park, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Dave and Buster’s and many other locations throughout the city. In addition, pre-eclipse festivities will be held at the Adventure Science Center, Italian Lights Festival, Grand Ole Opry and more.

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While you’re in town, board the Music City Hop, a DIY hop-on/hop-off tour by trolley and double-decker bus with 16 stops that let you visit more than 100 attractions and points of interest. One stop includes the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you can see more than 2 million priceless artifacts while the kids can try their hands at new and familiar instruments in the museum’s Musical Petting Zoo. For real animals, visit the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere or head over to Lucky Ladd Farms, home to more than 100 friendly farm critters, plus pony rides, a playground, splash pad and more.

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For more active outdoor fun, swing between the trees by zip line at Adventureworks or Treetop Adventure Park, test out your climbing skills at Soar Adventure Tower, or cool off during the dog days of summer at Nashville Shores or Wave Country.

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Take it easy aboard the Pontoon Saloon, where you can BYOB and food, and enjoy some of the best views of the city’s skyline from the Cumberland River.

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Speaking of food, Nashville’s culinary scene alone is more than enough reason to make the trip. With its famous hot chicken, Southern breakfasts and barbecue, and restaurants that are uniquely Nashville, the options are endless — and mouthwatering!

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No matter how long you get to spend in Nashville, you’re sure to leave Music City on a good note.

Solar Eclipse Fun Facts

  • A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and Earth are in exact alignment.
  • The year the last total solar eclipse was visible in the United States was 1979 — in just five states. The total solar eclipse of 2017 will pass through 12 states from coast to coast.
  • The sun and moon appear to be the same size during a total solar eclipse, but this is an illusion. The sun is 400 times wider than the moon and 400 times farther away, so they only coincidentally appear the same size
  • The faint light that appears around the moon during a total solar eclipse is part of the sun’s outermost atmosphere, called the corona.
  • Wildlife can be confused by totality. As the sky grows dark and resembles twilight, you may hear roosters crowing and grasshoppers chirping.

Written By: Angie Lewis

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Solar Eclipse 2017

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience “The Great American Eclipse” — an event nearly a century in the making. As the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire country since 1918, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle. Those within the 70-mile-wide line of totality, which starts in Oregon and ends in South Carolina, will get to witness up to 2 minutes, 40 seconds of darkness.

In this series, we’ll spotlight a few of the best viewing locations along the path, including Idaho Falls, ID, Casper, WY, Nashville, TN and Greenville, SC. Whether you travel to your preferred city the weekend before or turn the trip into a weeklong summer vacation, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in each locale.

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Viewing Location Spotlight: Greenville, SC

One of the best viewing areas along the path is in Greenville, SC. Fly into Charlotte, NC, where you can pick up a vehicle from Advantage Rent A Car and set out for an unforgettable family adventure in the Palmetto State.

Two hours southwest of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Greenville will be one of the last cities to see the full eclipse — with 2 minutes of totality — before the path moves out into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Eclipse viewing events are planned for the Greenville Drive minor league baseball game, Furman University, Bob Jones University, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, NoMa Square, Up on the Roof, and Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery.

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In addition, as an official NASA viewing site, the Roper Mountain Science Center is hosting a weekend-long Eclipse Extravaganza, which includes full-dome eclipse shows in the planetarium, hands-on activities for all ages, NASA ambassadors and educators, and more.

2017 solar eclipse charlotte, nc

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If you’ll be in town for a few days, head less than an hour northwest to Caesars Head State Park and get your bearings from atop the Blue Ridge Escarpment, which looks out into North Carolina and Georgia. Plus, right in the heart of downtown Greenville, enjoy waterfalls, landscaped gardens, a nature trail, pedestrian suspension bridge, scenic overlooks and more at Falls Park on the Reedy.

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For even more nature, glide through the treetops on America’s steepest, fastest zipline canopy tour at The Gorge, go whitewater rafting or rappelling with Green River Adventures or visit the Greenville Zoo. About an hour and 15 minutes north of Greenville, you can also hike the 499-step Outcroppings trail to Chimney Rock in North Carolina, where you can see 75-mile views of the Carolina Piedmont, Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge.

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If that’s not enough activity to get your blood pumping, put the pedal to the metal at the BMW Performance Center.

2017 solar eclipse charlotte, nc

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Prefer a more relaxing afternoon? Take the kids to one of Greenville’s many waterparks, such as Discovery Island, 7th Inning Splash or Otter Creek. If you’d rather stay dry, take a ride on one of the city’s downtown trolleys, then take a stroll on Main Street and let the kids try to find all nine Mice on Main bronze statues.

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Whether you’re in Greenville for a day or a week, the Palmetto State will surely become a new favorite family vacation destination!

Solar Eclipse Fun Facts

  • A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and Earth are in exact alignment.
  • The year the last total solar eclipse was visible in the United States was 1979 — in just five states. The total solar eclipse of 2017 will pass through 12 states from coast to coast.
  • The sun and moon appear to be the same size during a total solar eclipse, but this is an illusion. The sun is 400 times wider than the moon and 400 times farther away, so they only coincidentally appear the same size
  • The faint light that appears around the moon during a total solar eclipse is part of the sun’s outermost atmosphere, called the corona.
  • Wildlife can be confused by totality. As the sky grows dark and resembles twilight, you may hear roosters crowing and grasshoppers chirping.

Written by: Angie Lewis

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Solar Eclipse 2017

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience “The Great American Eclipse” — an event nearly a century in the making. As the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire country since 1918, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle. Those within the 70-mile-wide line of totality, which starts in Oregon and ends in South Carolina, will get to witness up to 2 minutes, 40 seconds of darkness.

In this series, we’ll spotlight a few of the best viewing locations along the path, including Idaho Falls, ID, Casper, WY, Nashville, TN and Greenville, SC. Whether you travel to your preferred city the weekend before or turn the trip into a weeklong summer vacation, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in each locale.

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Viewing Location Spotlight: Idaho Falls, ID

One of the best viewing areas along the path is in Idaho Falls, ID. Fly into Salt Lake City, UT, where you can pick up a vehicle from Advantage Rent A Car and set out for an unforgettable family adventure in the Gem State.

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About three hours north of Salt Lake City International Airport, Idaho Falls offers unobstructed views across crystal-clear skies for about 1 minute, 48 seconds of totality. Designated viewing locations include Old Butte, Tautphaus Park, Freeman Park and Community Park. In addition, the Museum of Idaho is a preferred NASA viewing site.

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The museum also features a special interactive touring exhibit from NASA titled Space: A Journey to our Future, where visitors can touch actual meteorites from the moon and Mars, take a spin on a human-powered centrifuge and much more. Plus, representatives from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will be onsite at the exhibit from Aug. 18-21.

Leading up to the big event, Eastern Idaho is hosting a weekend of pre-eclipse festivities, which include the Mutt Strut 5K, auto racing at Noise Park, Cosmic Night swimming at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center, Idaho Falls Farmers’ Market, Duck Race, Brothers Osborne concert, and extended hours at the Idaho Falls Zoo.

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Whether you arrive in town a few days beforehand or stay and play after the eclipse, Idaho Falls offers plenty of fun outdoor activities. Get up close with black bears, grizzly bears, elk, bison, moose and more at Yellowstone Bear World drive-through wildlife park, which also includes a petting zoo with free-roaming barnyard animals and amusement rides. For an additional charge, you can bottle-feed bear cubs! For more native wildlife, visit Zoo Idaho.

2017 solar eclipse idaho falls

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Have a splashing good time at Rexburg Rapids or Ross Park Aquatic Complex, or take a relaxing dip in Lava Hot Springs, which also offers a summer water park and indoor aquatic center, or Heise Hot Springs, which features an adrenaline-pumping zipline tour. Picnic in one of Idaho Falls’ many parks, such as McCowin Park, Porter Park, Ross Park or Sportsman Park.

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Ride up to the 9,862-foot summit of Fred’s Mountain on the Dreamcatcher chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort, where you can also explore the Tetons and Caribou-Targhee National Forest by horseback. Experience a Wild West shootout, horse-drawn carriage ride, barbecue and more at the Mountain River Ranch’s Summer Dinner Theatre.

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Idaho Falls has indoor activities to keep the family entertained, too. Let the kids get creative at the ARTitorium on Broadway, which features a motion wall, creation stations, green-screen studio, stop-motion animation stations, magnet wall and more. Better yet, get your family workout on with indoor rock climbing at The Edge Climbing and Fitness center.

No matter where your Idaho Falls adventure takes you, the Gem State can help create countless family memories that will last a lifetime.

Solar Eclipse Fun Facts

  • A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and Earth are in exact alignment.
  • The year the last total solar eclipse was visible in the United States was 1979 — in just five states. The total solar eclipse of 2017 will pass through 12 states, from coast to coast.
  • While the sun and moon appear to be the same size during a total solar eclipse, this is an illusion. The sun is 400 times wider than the moon and 400 times farther away, so they only coincidentally appear the same size.
  • The faint light that appears around the moon during a total solar eclipse is part of the sun’s outmost atmosphere, called the corona.
  • Wildlife can be confused by totality. As the sky grows dark and resembles twilight, you may hear roosters crowing and grasshoppers chirping.

Written by: Angie Lewis

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Solar Eclipse 2017

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience “The Great American Eclipse” — an event nearly a century in the making. As the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire country since 1918, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle. Those within the 70-mile-wide line of totality, which starts in Oregon and ends in South Carolina, will get to witness up to 2 minutes, 40 seconds of darkness.

In this series, we’ll spotlight a few of the best viewing locations along the path, including Idaho Falls, ID, Casper, WY, Nashville, TN and Greenville, SC. Whether you travel to your preferred city the weekend before or turn the trip into a weeklong summer vacation, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in each locale.

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Viewing Location Spotlight: Casper, WY

One of the best viewing areas along the path is in Casper, WY. Fly into Denver, CO, where you can pick up a vehicle from Advantage Rent A Car and set out for an unforgettable family adventure in the Cowboy State.

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Less than four hours north of Denver International Airport, Casper is situated at an altitude of more than 5,000 feet. With a high probability of clear skies and 2 minutes, 26 seconds of totality, the town should be one of the best spots in the nation to view the eclipse. Good spots include the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds, Casper Events Center and Hogadon Ski Area. Try not to stop by the side of the road. Too many stopped vehicles could create a hazard for non-eclipse traffic.

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Leading up to the big event, Casper is hosting the Wyoming Eclipse Festival, a weeklong schedule of special activities and programs that include covered wagon train treks and Pony Express rides, behind-the-scenes distillery tours, Insane Inflatable 5K, Riverfest and the Great Duck Derby, among other activities.

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Whether you choose to explore the area ahead of time or stay and play after the eclipse, Casper offers plenty of fun outdoor activities. Take a scenic drive up Casper Mountain or hike to Garden Creek Falls and the 4.5-mile Bridle Trail in Rotary Park. Take a boat ride, mountain bike or rock climb through Fremont Canyon. Reel in monster brown trout out of the North Platte River, whose “Miracle Mile” — which is actually a 5.5-mile stretch — is swimming with about 4,000 fish per mile. Better yet, toss an inner tube into the river, sit back, relax and just float.

2017 solar eclipse casper, wyoming

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Since Casper’s wildlife lives among the people, you’re likely to spot pronghorn antelope — which outnumber the town’s human population — or one of the many other natives in the area, such as mule deer and wild turkeys.

2017 solar eclipse casper, wyoming

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Casper has plenty of indoor activities, too. The kids can interact with dinosaurs at the Tate Museum, check out the exhibits and critters at The Science Zone, explore the night sky at the Casper Planetarium, learn about Wyoming’s indigenous wildlife at the Werner Wildlife Museum or create their own masterpiece at the hands-on art studio in the Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center. The best part? All of these attractions offer free or low-cost admission!

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No matter how long you’re in Casper, the Cowboy State is sure to wrangle your heart and provide family memories that will last a lifetime.

    Solar Eclipse Fun Facts

  • A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and Earth are in exact alignment.
  • The year the last total solar eclipse was visible in the United States was 1979 — in just five states. The total solar eclipse of 2017 will pass through 12 states, from coast to coast.
  • The sun and moon appear to be the same size during a total solar eclipse, but this is an illusion. The sun is 400 times wider than the moon and 400 times
  • The faint light that appears around the moon during a total solar eclipse is part of the sun’s outermost atmosphere, called the corona.
  • Wildlife can be confused by totality. As the sky grows dark and resembles twilight, you may hear roosters crowing and grasshoppers chirping.

Written By: Angie Lewis