The 19 Best Places to Catch the Great American Solar Eclipse

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The only large city in the U.S. to fall within the eclipse’s path of totality (granted it’s right near the southern edge, but still in it), Nashville's total darkness starts at 1:27 p.m. and lasts a minute and 55 seconds. But you'll get three hours of viewing action from the start of the partial eclipse to the time the moon finally releases its shadow on the sun. And the party in Music City, of course, will go from early till late.

Stay: There are a surprising amount of rooms still available throughout town, including at Hotel Preston , Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Omni Nashville, Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, and Thompson Nashville.

Watch: Nashville’s entire downtown area falls within the path of totality, and people are guaranteed to be out watching (and partying) everywhere. The metro area's parks are a good place to escape the city lights, however, so consider heading to 1,700-acre Beaman Park in nearby Ashland City or Cedar Hill Park in Madison. Or rent a SUP from Nashville Paddle Company and catch the eclipse from the water.