UPDATE: Sorry for the short, six month notice, but we are going to this now. It beats flying across the country just to look at the stupid sun for 3 minutes.
UPDATE: A trip down the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky has been officially added to the itinerary. Please spread the news with the following: #BourbonEclipse2017
The first total solar eclipse to sweep the US since 1918 will be occurring on Aug 21st, 2017. People have been waiting decades for this. The places with the greatest viewing area are in Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Illinois with maximum totality at 1:26 pm central time. I'm still scouting out the best spot but I've tentatively decided on Giant City State Park, south of Carbondale, Illinois. I'd like to make a whole trip out of checking out Kentucky and Tennessee as well. People will be coming from all over the world to see this and have likely been booking hotel rooms much longer in advance than this, so it's definitely time to start making plans. Unless you've left the country in your lifetime to specifically chase an eclipse or were living in Hawaii in the 70's, chances are you've never seen a total eclipse. Partial eclipses simply do not compare to this. There will be no special glasses or pinhole cameras needed... just you and your naked eyes. Don't miss this rare, life changing event!