On August 21, a total solar eclipse will black out the sun in the middle of the afternoon as the moon locks into perfect positioning between the Earth and the sun for the first time in 26 years. What makes this eclipse particularly unusual is that it will pass through the heart of America, with the 70-mile-wide “path of totality” (in which the sun is completely obscured by the moon) stretching across the middle of the country from Oregon to South Carolina.
Tennessee will be one of the last places in the country that will be under the path of totality (or at least nearby). Naturally, this rare event means that plenty of places under the darkness are hosting viewing parties where you’ll need to don special glasses. Here are the best places in Tennessee, from Nashville to the Smoky Mountains, to watch the sun disappear for a few minutes. (And note that all times are local: The eclipse will pass through two time zones in the Volunteer State, so plan accordingly.)