Fifteen Perfect Spots to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse as it Crosses the U.S. This Summer

One of the most exciting astronomical event in U.S. history is happening in August

Watch the moon from this moonscape in Craters of the Moon State Park, Idaho. (Publisher Mix/Getty Images)
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Where will you be on Aug. 21, 2017?

This is the first time a total solar eclipse has crossed the United States since 1978 (and the last really big one was in 1918), and the summer’s brief event—totality lasts about two minutes, depending on your location—is being touted as the largest astronomical event in U.S. history.

Whether or not that's true, it will definitely be the most photographed, most Instragrammed, most tweeted and most talked about eclipse ever. It’s critical to get yourself somewhere exactly under the shadow—and as nearest to the Line of Totality—as possible, since a near-miss is a total miss.

You should use Xavier Jubier's 2017 Total Eclipse Interactive Google Map to pinpoint your exact location, but in case you're looking for ideas, here are 15 unique places to watch this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Jamie Carter is the author of 100 Best Places In The USA To Watch the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 & USA Eclipse 2017 Travel Guide

See the moon's shadow engulf Black Mountain – Cumberland County, Tennessee

As the shadow of the Moon rolls in across the Blue Ridge of East Tennessee, Tennessee State Parks will host Total Eclipse at Black Mountain, an eclipse viewing event on a spectacular rock overlook on the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail. It's about a quarter mile walk from the parking area to the rock overlook, and tickets are $10 for adults.

Partial eclipse begins at 13:02 p.m. EDT with Totality at 14:31 p.m. for lasts 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

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