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