Lonely Planet Writer

These US cities have the most Airbnbs left for the total solar eclipse

As the rush to find accommodation for along the path of the 2017 solar eclipse continues, Airbnb has released a list of the cities with the most home rentals still available for eager eclipse chasers.

This home in Blue Ridge, Georgia is still available for the eclipse.
This home in Blue Ridge, Georgia is still available for the eclipse. Image by Airbnb

The 21 August event will be visible in fourteen states – from Oregon to South Carolina – that fall within the path of totality. The rarity of the event – it’s the first visible across the country since 1918 – means that people have been snapping up hotels, rentals and campsites for months. Recently, one cruise line even announced an eclipse-themed sailing that would take travellers to see the event at sea.

Right now there are more than 18,000 listings in top spots along the path of totality like Nashville, Tennessee and Charleston, South Carolina – and 6700 are still available to rent. Airbnb notes that the total number of listings along the path has risen by 30% in the last three months, and many people are even listing land where visitors can set up RVs or tents. Unfortunately, prices have risen dramatically to match the rarity of the event. But if you’re ready to pay the price, Airbnb has made it easier with a list of the cities where you’re most likely to find a place to stay.

Nashville, Tennessee

Neon signs on Lower Broadway (Nashville) at Night.
Nashville has the most Airbnb bookings available on the night of the Great American Eclipse. Image by ©Nina Dietzel/Getty Images

Spend the night before the eclipse checking out Nashville’s famous music scene, or sampling local breweries and barbeques.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, USA skyline over Marion Square.
Charleston, South Carolina still has Airbnbs available for the day before the eclipse. Image by ©SeanPavonePhoto/Getty Images

One of the most popular destinations in the South, Charleston is a good place to check out historical architecture and sample some Southern food favourites.

St Louis, Missouri

Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
St Louis, Missouri falls on the path of totality. Image by ©f11photo/Shutterstock

St Louis is a good stopping point for travellers who want to combine their eclipse viewing with a stop at the famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery or a glimpse of the Gateway Arch.

Casper, Wyoming

Snake River and the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA.
Wyoming is a good spot to stop and see the eclipse. Image by ©Mattias Lindstroem/500px

With a population of less than 60,000, Casper is a good starting point for travellers who want to head to Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks.

Folly Beach, South Carolina

Majestic clouds at Folly Beach, South Carolina.
Folly Beach, South Carolina is a stopping place for those who want to see the eclipse. Image by Robert Loe/Getty Images

After checking out the eclipse, you’ll be ready to hang out on the beach of the island town, or take a stroll down the Folly Beach Pier.

Rounding out the top 20 are: Greenville, South Carolina; Brevard, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Lincoln City, Oregon; Columbia, South Carolina; Blue Ridge, Georgia; Isle of Palms, South Carolina; Cleveland, Georgia; Columbia, Missouri; Rexburg, Idaho; Idaho Falls, Idaho; North Charleston, South Carolina; Sevierville, Tennessee; and Jackson, Wyoming.