Where to watch the 2017 solar eclipse in North Carolina

While the total solar eclipse in August is still months away, some WNC communities are already announcing festivals and watching events, and eclipse-watchers are buying up rentals on eclipse weekend. (Photo credit: MGN)

This summer's eclipse is a rare event, offering a total eclipse of the sun in 14 states, with the path of totality passing through five southern states: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Totality will pass across the western portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as the Brevard, Franklin and Murphy areas of North Carolina. Andrews will see the sun fully eclipsed by the moon for the longest of any N.C. city: two minutes and 39 seconds.

Asheville's not in the path of totality. If you want to see a total solar eclipse, you'll have to head west, closer to Sylva, Cullowhee, and Brevard. Check out a map that shows the path of totality here.

If you want to watch this once-in-a-lifetime event, totality is passing through the following N.C. cities, according to

  • Addie
  • Alarka
  • Almond
  • Andrews
  • Balsam
  • Brasstown
  • Brevard
  • Bryson City
  • Cashiers
  • Cedar Mountain
  • Chatuge Lake
  • Cherokee
  • Culberson
  • Cullowhee
  • Dillsboro
  • Fontana Village
  • Forest Hills
  • Franklin
  • Glenville
  • Great Smokies National Park
  • Hayesville
  • Highlands
  • Hiwassee Village
  • Lauada
  • Lake Santeetlah
  • Lake Toxaway
  • Marble
  • Murphy
  • Pisgah Forest
  • Robbinsville
  • Rosman
  • Sapphire
  • Scaly Mountain
  • Sylva
  • Topton
  • Webster
  • Whittier

The following cities are already planning special events:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Clingmans Dome event sold out in minutes when tickets went on sale earlier this month.

If you want to travel to see the eclipse, keep two things in mind: hotels and other overnight rentals are already selling out in some areas along the path of totality, and if the weather is cloudy, you might need to drive to another city to see the eclipse clearly.

A local astronomy teacher created a video guide to picking the best place to watch the eclipse. Check it out here:

One more tip: The eclipse is on a Monday, so be sure to take the day off!

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