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The Path of Totality: Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse

The Path of Totality: Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse—the first in over 35 years. What is it? Who can see it? How do you watch? Read on to find out everything you need to know to prepare for the most anticipated event of the summer.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, blocking all or part of the sun from view for upwards of three hours. However, the 2017 solar eclipse will only last two to three minutes. Planning a solar eclipse viewing party? Don’t space out—ditch the last-minute snack run and plan ahead. Luckily, each of InTown’s extended stay suites is furnished with fully equipped kitchens that include a full-size refrigerator, making snack prep easy.

If you hope to see a total eclipse, you’ll want to be in one of the fourteen states located within the path of totality. It might sound like the title of a hit record from the 90s, but the path of totality actually refers to the path that the moon’s shadow traces on Earth during a total solar eclipse. InTown Suites has properties located in five cities across two of the fourteen states within the path and, with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet available in most suites, it’s easy to capture every Instagram-able moment of totality.

Nashville, TN
Totality start:               1:27PM (CDT)
Length of totality:         1m 55s
Nashville West Extended StayNashville South Extended Stay

Murfreesboro, TN
Totality start:               1:29PM (CDT)
Length of totality:         55s
Murfreesboro Extended Stay

Greenville, SC
Totality start:               2:38PM (CDT)
Length of totality:         2m 1s
Greenville North Extended StayGreenville South Extended Stay

Charleston, SC
Totality start:               2:46PM (CDT)
Length of totality:         1m 33s
Charleston Northwest/I-26 Extended StayCharleston Southwest Extended StayCharleston Central Extended StayCharleston North Extended Stay

Anderson, SC
Totality start:               2:37PM (CDT)
Length of totality:         2m 34s
Anderson Extended Stay

You might be tempted to stare directly at the sun during the eclipse, but taking it in without eye protection, except during totality, can severely harm your eyes. Fortunately, there are many ways to safely view the eclipse while keeping your eyes protected. Eclipse glasses come equipped with special-purpose solar filters that make it safe to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun. Other conventional methods include various types of projection, from pinhole to optical.

No matter your viewing choice, here at InTown Suites we want you to feel right at home. That’s why our Extended Stay Locations always provide a safe harbor and warm welcome. Discover the InTown difference, today.