On Monday, August 21st, Americans in fourteen states will have the rare opportunity to view a total solar eclipse from the comfort of their own homes. Observers from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to the eclipse’s totality when the moon passes directly in-front of the sun, blocking it from view. If you’re concerned about living in one of the 36 states unlucky enough to miss the totality, have no fear, you can still witness a partial eclipse or even travel to one of the better viewing locations near you! Below we’ll outline some of the best destinations for viewing the 2017 solar eclipse and the time of the totality.
**Madras, Oregon- **5:20 p.m.
Boise National Forest, Idaho- **5:27 p.m.**
**Casper Wyoming- **5:43 p.m.
**Grand Island, Nebraska- **5:59 p.m.
**Fanning, Kansas- **6:07 p.m.
**Columbia Missouri- **6:13 p.m.
**Carbondale, Illinois- **6:21 p.m.
**Hopkinsville, Kentucky- **6:26 p.m.
**Gordonsville, Tennessee- **6:30 p.m.
**Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina- **6:36 p.m.
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia-6:37 p.m.
**Columbia, South Carolina- **6:42 p.m.
You can also view the eclipse’s totality from small portions of Montana and Iowa.
If you’re within driving distance of any of these locations, take the time to make the trip. It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you can’t make it to a spot along the Totality’s path, you can still find out what time to keep your eye out for a partial eclipse with NASA’s handy interactive map. Make sure you have some eclipse safety glasses that are 12312-2 compliant. You can often find these at museums or schools and or at stores like Walmart or Lowe’s.