And unlike in horseshoes, hand grenades, and any work you do after lunch on a Friday, “close enough” just isn’t going to cut it. As one quote from Columbia, South Carolina’s dedicated eclipse page put it:
“For those who choose to experience this eclipse outside the path, a partial eclipse is all they will see. Even if the sun is 99.9% eclipsed for these observers, they will not experience the full, jaw-dropping, knee-buckling, emotionally-overloading, completely overwhelming spectacle that is totality.” -- Dan McGlaun, veteran of 12 total solar eclipses
What Dan is trying to say, y’all, is that to really experience this thing you’re probably going to have to travel. The “line of totality” is only about 100 miles wide, and even within that 100 miles the duration of the eclipse can only be a few seconds, so only a handful of places will be truly great for viewing. We took a look at The Great American Eclipse’s picks for the best places to see it, and found out what’s going on there.