Parts of the United States are going gaga over the rare only-in-America total solar eclipse, which will appear on August 21. The first of its kind since 1979, it will be seen from west to east in 14 states, such as Tennessee, Oregon, South Carolina, and Kansas. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun, blanketing the earth in total darkness.
In true American entrepreneurial spirit, several companies are banking on the event by offering solar eclipse tours. Grand American Adventures has a nine-day itinerary (from US$3,199) where visitors can watch the eclipse from Yellowstone National Park or from Grand Teton, while indulging in horse-back riding and geyser-watching.
Explore’s tour (from US$4,025) is a two-week adventure that includes not just watching the eclipse but also an exploration of the history and music of the Deep South. The itinerary includes a visit to Elvis Presley’s home of Graceland in Memphis, an alligator-spotting tour of Louisiana’s swamplands, and a visit to Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
Event organizers are also cashing in. Oregon Eclipse 2017 (US$289) at the Ochoco National Forest is a week-long event featuring yoga and dance classes, music and theatrical performances, and large-scale art installations.
Nothing beats Royal Caribbean Cruise however, who just introduced a seven-night Caribbean trip that promises to bring passengers to the best spot in the sea where the eclipse can be seen. Luxury ship Oasis of the Seas (price available upon request) departs Orlando on August 20, and will have a slew of eclipse-themed activities such as astronomy lectures, cocktail parties, and trivia games.