As you make your 2017 travel plans, don’t forget about a rare event happening next year: a total eclipse of the sun visible across a wide section of the United States. It’s going to be on August 21, 2017 in late morning / early afternoon, and that’s a Monday, so if you’re a nerd like me and are excited about this, you’ll want to allot a vacation day for it. And yes, you should be excited about this: it’s the first total eclipse visible in the contiguous states since 1979!
Here’s a map of the path of the eclipse, courtesy of GreatAmericanEclipse.org:
The only eclipse I can remember being in the vicinity of occurred when I was in fourth grade. As I recall it got really dark outside and I really wanted to go outside and experience it except that day was a school day and my school apparently wasn’t into the whole getting-kids-excited-about-science thing. I am still bitter about missing out on that eclipse and that’s why I’m posting about it now.
But fortunately for me I’m about an hour and a half’s drive away from the path of the total eclipse. Since I’m already going to take the day off and since I have plenty of hotel points available I’m planning on making an overnight trip of it to make it into a fun event for my kids. Let’s hope the weather cooperates. Only nine more months to wait!