The 19 Best Places to Catch the Great American Solar Eclipse

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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Grand Island, Nebraska

Several factors make this central Nebraska town you'd likely otherwise never visit ideal for eclipse viewing. Not only is Grand Island close to the path of totality's center line, but weather patterns predict an over 70 percent chance of clear skies at this time of the year. You're also close to Interstate 80 should you need to bolt elsewhere in search of clearer conditions leading up to the event. Set your clocks for 12:58 p.m. on the day of the eclipse and count on two minutes and 34 seconds of that wondrous totality.

Watch: Cedar Hills Vineyard & Gardens has a nice and open viewing area or lounge on the prairie at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center to enjoy the view.

Stay: Hotels are sold out in town, but Airbnb still has a few rather entrepreneurial listings, including a room in an old industrial building on far-out farmland.

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