Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is always a good idea, although perhaps not in the drippy heat of summertime. But make an exception this August since the coastal belle is one of the last places on the U.S. mainland where you’ll be able to catch the eclipse’s totality (at 2:46 p.m. for one minute and 33 seconds, to be precise).
Watch: Opt for a town vibe, viewing from a park along King Street or the Battery, or sprawl out in the sand (and perhaps even go for a simultaneous swim) out at Folly Beach or Isle of Palms.
Stay: Occupying several row houses, the super-stylish Restoration hotel still has rooms available and offers guests the use of free bikes to cruise around town. Or check out tripping.com for beach pads out at Folly and schedule a surf trip at the same time.