Guide

Explore Historic Sites in the Eclipse's "Path of Totality"

Get your popcorn ready and your sunglasses on, because the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States since 1979 is coming on Monday, August 21.

It's going to be one for the ages. The eclipse's path of totality (in which the full eclipse is visible) will make landfall exclusively in the United States for the first time since the nation's founding, traveling from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast. A partial eclipse will be visible elsewhere.

If you're lucky enough to be near the path, why not take in the history-making eclipse from a historic place? Below are some of our favorite historic sites in the eclipse's path of totality.


  1. Photo By: Brian Libby

    Veterans Memorial Coliseum

    Technically, this 1960 wonder of an arena won't be in the path of totality, which will pass slightly to the south of the Portland region. But it'll come pretty darn close, with a partial eclipse appearing at 9:06 a.m. PDT and the maximum eclipse (when the moon is most in line with the sun) at 10:19 a.m.

  2. White Grass Dude Ranch

    Operated by the National Park Service and a true preservation success, the White Grass Dude Ranch will offer a wonderful vantage point for the total eclipse. Against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the partial eclipse will start at 10:16 a.m. MDT, followed by the full eclipse at 11:34 a.m.

  3. Photo By: BVH Architects-2009

    Industrial Arts Building

    Lincoln's Industrial Arts Building has long had Nebraskans looking skyward. Airplanes, including one that Charles Lindbergh learned to fly on, were manufactured there after World War I. On Monday, something totally different will be passing overhead. The partial eclipse will be visible at 11:37 a.m. CDT and the full eclipse will start at 1:02 p.m.

  4. Photo By: Bryan Mullennix/stock.adobe.com

    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

    The Gateway to the West will become a gateway to some breathtaking views Monday, as the moon and the sun pass over St. Louis' iconic archway in near-unison starting at 11:50 a.m. CDT. The maximum eclipse will appear at 1:18 p.m.

  5. Photo By: Paul Sableman

    Palladium Building

    Listed on the National Trust's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list of 2014, the Palladium in St. Louis was once at the heart of the area's African-American culture and nightlife. On Monday, it'll briefly be at the heart of an astronomical phenomenon. The partial eclipse begins in the St. Louis area at 11:50 a.m. CDT. The maximum eclipse will be visible at 1:18 p.m.

  6. Photo By: Rick Smith

    Nashville’s Music Row

    Nashville's bustling Music Row—the epicenter of country music past and present—will come to a standstill Monday when the city gets its first glimpse of the sun's atmospheric glow during the total eclipse at 1:27 p.m CDT. The partial eclipse will start just over an hour and a half earlier, at 11:58 a.m.

  7. Photo By: Tony Sweet

    Drayton Hall

    The rural South Carolina setting brings peace and quiet to Drayton Hall, its sweeping vistas perfect for standing in awe of one of the galaxy's most spectacular sites. The partial eclipse will first come into view at 1:16 p.m. EDT. Ninety minutes later, beginning at 2:46 p.m., the total eclipse will last for about a minute.

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