The 19 Best Places to Catch the Great American Solar Eclipse

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Columbia, Missouri
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau 2/19

Columbia, Missouri

The sun will be near the highest point of the day when it passes over much of the Show Me state, which hasn't experienced a total eclipse since 1869. But you'll need to get away from Kansas City and St. Louis to land in the path of totality. Columbia, very close to the center line of the path, will experience total darkness for a solid two minutes and 36 seconds, with totality starting at 1:12 p.m.

Watch: The city is putting on a massive viewing party at Cosmo Park with live music and food trucks. And a ton of other events are planned in this college town that never wants for a party anyway.

Stay: There are still rooms available at the Comfort Suites and Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Or you can stay and watch in Jefferson City, to the south, and camp (on a first come first served basis) at the North Jefferson Recreation Area.

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