Solar Eclipse Experiences

9 Freakin’ Cool Ways You Can Experience the Total Solar Eclipse in August

Space Tourism

It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘how’ you’ll be experiencing this year’s biggest space tourism event!

The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming up soon! In less than three months, space enthusiasts around the word will gather along the path of totality in states along the line from Oregon to South Carolina.

If you haven’t yet made arrangements for viewing the solar eclipse, get started! We rounded up some of the coolest tours that still have availability. To grab a spot on one of these, you’ll need to make arrangements fast!

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Beer & Wine Tours
Photo credit: Steven Guzzardi via Flickr

With a Glass of Wine or Beer in Hand…

After selling out their ‘Eclipse the Vines’ tour earlier this year, Seattle-based Evergreen Escapes added an ‘Eclipse the Hops’ tour. The plan includes viewing the solar eclipse in the morning followed by a craft beer tasting in the afternoon.

Click here to book the Eclipse the Hops Solar Eclipse Tour.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Horseback Tours

In Cowboy Country…

If you have a few days to celebrate the eclipse, spend a week on a dude ranch in Wyoming. In the heart of America’s great west, Sirius Travel has arranged a tour that includes square dancing, horseback riding, and of course, viewing the solar eclipse.

Click here to book the Wyoming Cowboy Total Eclipse Experience.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Caribbean Cruise

On a Caribbean Cruise…

Royal Caribbean just announced that their 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise in August will include an opportunity to see the partial solar eclipse. During a day at sea, you’ll get to join fellow cruisers in a viewing party from the Lido deck on the Oasis on the Seas. Bonus: add on a few days near Port Canaveral and visit Kennedy Space Center before or after the cruise!

Click here to book a cabin on the 7-night Total Eclipse cruise.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Idaho

In the Backcountry of Idaho…

Idaho-based tour provider Allreds Adventures has planned the perfect tour if you’re looking to escape the crowds while watching the eclipse. Their four-day Idaho backcountry will set you up at a fully-furnished camp. You can mix eclipse viewing in with fishing, hiking, and stargazing at night.

Click here to book the 2017 Solar Eclipse Backcountry Camping trip.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: River Cruise

On a River Cruise…

You don’t have to head to the Caribbean to see the cruise from a boat ! Gateway Arch Riverboats is inviting viewers in the St. Louis area to spend the day of the solar eclipse viewing the experience from the waters of the Mississippi River. As a day trip, it’s one of the most affordable options that will give you a unique way to view the eclipse.

Click here to book the Eclipse Cruise.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Space Themed Trips
Photo by Matt Biddulph via Flickr

As Part of a Space-Themed Trip…

If you want to see some of the most popular destinations in the heartland of America, visit space-themed spots along the way, and catch the solar eclipse… it might sound like too much to ask for a single tour, but Sky & Telescope has a tour with it all! You’ll visit the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, sip fresh bourbon at Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, and of course see the eclipse in wherever the best weather happens to be on the day of the eclipse.

Click here to book the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Kentucky with S&T.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Music Trips

While American Music Plays in the Background…

The solar eclipse has created opportunities for travelers from many different sectors to unite over the possibility of seeing the eclipse together. This includes music fans, who can take a 9-day tour that includes stops in New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville plus a solar eclipse viewing in Tennessee. Rock on!

Click here to book the 2017 America’s Music Cities Total Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Yellowstone

In Two of the Most Scenic National Parks…

Grab the family and spend a week together in the wild beauty of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks — along with viewing the beauty of the eclipse in Wyoming. This tour, like the Music Cities tour above, is operated by TravelQuest and promises to be an unforgettable family bonding experience.

Click here to book the 2017 Yellowstone & Tetons Family Adventure Total Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Experiences: Free Festivals
Photo credit: Solar Eclipse Across America

At a Free Festival…

Across the entire path of totality, there are some fun, free festivals to celebrate the solar eclipse. No need to shell out money for a tour if your budget is tight!

You could party at Oregon Solarfestsip bourbon at a Kentucky distillery while you watch the eclipse; “Get Your Eclipse on Route 66” in Missouri; experience Eclipse on the Range in Nebraska; experience the black-out at Green Lake, South Carolina; jam out at the Music City Solar Eclipse Festival in Tennessee; or glimpse the partial eclipse in Houston, Texas. You already know Houston is a great space city — it would be easy to set up a weekend itinerary of self-guided space fun!

Need more ideas for viewing the solar eclipse?

Solar Eclipse Across America has created a comprehensive list of tours and activities focused on the eclipse, all across the U.S.

Share how you’ll be experiencing the Great American Solar Eclipse in the comments!

  • Roxanna Keyes (Gypsywithdayjob

    I am lucky enough to be close to the only place in the US that will experience full totality again, in 2024, near Giant City State Park in southern Illinois. Seeing it once was incredible, but just mid blowing to think I will have an opportunity to see it happen again in a few years!