Where to Stay During the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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By Jenny Xie / Published by Dwell
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will carve a path from Oregon to South Carolina, drawing millions of viewers, both new and veteran.

Eclipse chasers—people who travel the world to experience total solar eclipses—will be the first to tell you that the upcoming event on August 21 is a rare opportunity to see a celestial phenomenon. The last total eclipse of the sun in North America happened in 1918, and the next one won’t be until 2024, so if the path of totality doesn’t fall in your city or state, we suggest you make your travel plans soon! 

To speed things along, we've rounded up some accommodations that, at the time of writing, are still available to book. From boutique hotels, to private homes, to charming bed-and-breakfasts, these lodgings will suit any style of traveler.


An Outdoor Retreat With Mountain Views

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Location: Ketchum, Idaho

Duration of totality: 1:00

Rates: $2,499 per night

Accommodates: 14


A Rustic Lodge With Full Amenities

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Location: Teton Village, Wyoming

Duration of totality: 2:20

Rates: $4,200 per night

Accommodates: 18


A Boutique Hotel in a Historic District

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Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Duration of totality: 1:24

Rates: $139 per night

Accommodates: 3


An Eclectic Bed-and-Breakfast

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Location: Boonville, Missouri

Duration of totality: 2:39

Rates: $233 per night

Accommodates: 6


A Centrally-Located Townhome

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Location: Saint Louis, Missouri

Duration of totality: You're right on the edge of totality; head south for the best views!

Rates: $174 per night

Accommodates: 8


A Historic, Two-Story Penthouse

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Duration of totality: 1:56

Rates: $299 per night

Accommodates: 4


An Upscale Hotel in Nashville's Music Row

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Duration of totality: 1:56

Rates: $522 per night

Accommodates: 2


A Modern, Loft-Like Home

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Duration of totality: 1:56

Rates: $699 per night

Accommodates: 12


A Boutique Hotel in an Energetic Neighborhood

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Duration of totality: 1:56 (plus a ticketed rooftop viewing party)

Rates: $638 per night

Accommodates: 2


A Renovated 1920s Cottage in the Mountains

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Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia

Duration of totality: 0:19

Rates: $199

Accommodates: 4


A Beach-Inspired Penthouse With a Rooftop Terrace

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Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Duration of totality: 1:33

Rates: $2,000 per night

Accommodates: 8

What to Pack

The Suite Dream Tent from Eureka
The Suite Dream Tent from Eureka
Spacious comfort in the outdoors.  For over 100 years Eureka Camping has been keeping folks covered in the outdoors — from rugged canvas wagon covers at the turn of the century to modern day tents constructed with high-tech design and cutting edge textiles. The Suite Dream 2P Tent is a spacious tent with plenty of elbow room and headspace for staying comfortable in the outdoors. Floor Size: 84” x 60”Interior Height: 4’ Minimum Weight: 7 lb. 2 oz.Includes: 1 gear hammock, 2 doors, 6 gear pockets
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Insulated Bottles from Yeti Coolers
Insulated Bottles from Yeti Coolers
These double-walled, insulated bottless have been proudly over-engineered by Yeti to keep your drink’s temperature no matter what the conditions outside of its stainless steel body. Hot coffee, cold beer, iced tea, doesn’t matter — the Rambler can handle it all, for longer. Each bottle is precision cut from leak-proof kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel, and features an insulated lid with three-finger grip. 
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Raen Optics' Sunglasses
Raen Optics' Sunglasses
Sunglasses calibrated for adventure. Raen built the trim and linear Wiley sunnies with exploration on the mind, that protect your eye and fit comfortably on the move. Each pair is handmade in Italy with Carl Zeiss CR-39 lenses, Italian Zyl Acetate frames, and adjustable 5-barrel reinforced hinges. This means 100% UVA / UVB protection and a durable pair of sunglasses. Explore the collection for a shape and style that compliments you.  
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Handwoven Blanket "Vuela Aqua"
Handwoven Blanket "Vuela Aqua"
Solid colored blankets are dotted with brightly colored flying golondrina birds. The golondrina, spanish for swallow is referenced in many Latin American song lyrics. They are big enough for a 2 - 4 person picnic and roll up in thirds for easy transport. The blankets are hand woven in Mexico by skilled artisans. Our leather straps are hand-made by us out of vegetable tanned leather that ages nicely with use.
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Moroccan Woven & Leather Backpack
Moroccan Woven & Leather Backpack
Your park & picnic buddy.   Strap on this woven backpack with leather detail and head to the nearest beach, park, or other grassy areas. Pack it with a blanket, a bottle of wine, a bag of crackers, sunscreen, and be on your way! The buckle closure keeps everything safe inside the structured basket, and the adjustable leather straps make for a comfy trip.  Made in: Morocco  Made of: Woven water reed and leather  Size: 11" L x 5" W x 12" H  Sourced from: Medina Mercantile  Photography by Julia Gartland.
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4th Dimension Concrete Watch
4th Dimension Concrete Watch
Every hour marks a step forward in time. This concept is illustrated beautifully in the collection of 4th Dimension Watches created by 22 Design Studio. A concrete face with sections that gradually rise in a spiral pattern complements the slim, hand-shaped hands. The simplicity and elegance of the design allows the beauty of the materials to shine through. High-density concrete paired with brass and quality leather; dark tones alongside bright blue accents or golden surfaces. The timepieces bring together contrasting elements in harmonious designs that suit both formal wear and fashion-forward outfits in equal measure. Jazz, Harbor, Midnight, and Urban styles available.
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Yard Hammocks from Yellow Leaf
Yellow Leaf hammocks elevate the art of relaxation to a science by taking a classic rope hammock and turning it into a “cocoon of comfort.” The soft, performance fibers are a lot smaller and stronger than on a regular hammock — and there are way more of them. In fact each hammock takes a full week to weave and consists of over 3 ½ miles (!) of fiber. Holds up to two people and a total of 400 lbs, and makes for a super-soft hammock that won’t leave any criss-cross rope imprints on your skin. Plus, it packs down easy into a duffel bag the size of a pineapple. Explore the whole collection here.
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Lamzac™ The Original Inflatable Lounger by Fatboy
Lamzac™ The Original Inflatable Lounger by Fatboy
Lamzac™ The Original Inflatable Lounger by Fatboy is your best buddy when it comes to convenient outdoor lounging. It is made out of durable high quality rip stop nylon for safe use outdoors. From a small package, the Lamzac fills with air in seconds to create a comfy seat for two. Then it is just as easily deflated to take with you anywhere you need it.
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Note: Outside of the brief phase of totality, it is unsafe to look directly at the sun except through solar filters. Be sure to purchase solar eclipse glasses to watch the partial phases.