Solar eclipse in USA: Three out-of-this-world trips

How to see August's total solar eclipse on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday


Total full Sollar Eclipse

On Monday 21 August 2017, North America will witness a total solar eclipse, when the Sun disappears behind the Moon for the first time in 99 years.

The Great American Eclipse will offer once-in-a-lifetime viewing when the Sun, Moon and Earth are perfectly aligned.

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This historic spectacle will be visible across the USA from Oregon to South Carolina, where parts of 14 states will be covered in complete shadow for around two minutes and 40 seconds. While the UK will see a partial solar eclipse, skywatchers will want to head to the States for the big event.

For travellers looking to turn the 2017 solar eclipse into an unforgettable holiday, we've picked some of the best tours for a dream trip...

Royal Caribbean total eclipse cruise

Follow the eclipse's path on a thrill-seeking cruise

Royal Caribbean is hosting a Total Eclipse Cruise to the optimal spot at sea for guests to witness the eclipse on 21 August. The seven-night Caribbean sailing from Orlando on 20 August will feature a bucket-list-worthy viewing party with a live concert performed by Bonnie Tyler. The full eclipse-themed adventure will also include parties, lectures, interactive science fun for kids and a range of delicious cosmo-themed refreshments. In addition, cruisers can enjoy the amazing features of Oasis of the Seas, including a zip line, surf simulators, acrobatic performances and Broadway musical CATS. From £1,504 per person, based on two sharing.

Oregon solar eclipse holiday

Explore the first place the eclipse will be visible from North America

For travellers looking to chase the solar eclipse while making extra-special holiday memories, Black Tomato has created the ultimate itinerary for a holiday in Oregon. The journey begins and ends in Portland, and includes expert tours and experiences such as seeing the eclipse from the ocean with an astronomer, whale watching from Depoe Bay with a local naturalist, vineyard visits and wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. As well as witnessing the astrological event of the year, you'll return home with memories of the stunning coast, majestic grey whales and crisp white wines. The exclusive package costs £3,300 per person including flights, tours, accommodation and transfers.

Airbnb Moon Ridge Dome solar eclipse holiday rental

Watch the spectacle from your own geodesic dome

For out-of-this-world eclipse viewing, travellers can spend the night in an Airbnb property on the path of totality. Moon Ridge Dome (from £253 per night) in Sisters, Oregon, for instance, is the perfect spot to take in the eclipse from a unique location. Set in five acres with mountain views, pines and a pond, the views from this three-bedroom holiday rental are incredible. During your stay, there are superb local experiences available, such as video tours of Portland's night scenes, yoga in a Chinese garden and wild food foraging. Airbnb is also running a competition to win a solar eclipse holiday in America, staying in a transparent geodesic dome, meeting with National Geographic explorers and a private jet ride.

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