The Great American Eclipse

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On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.


This is truly a Great American Eclipse because totality will sweep the nation from Oregon on the Pacific Coast to South Carolina on the Atlantic Coast and will be the first total eclipse visible only in the USA since the country was founded in 1776.
For the complete solar eclipse lowdown click here.

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USA Holidays in Solar Eclipse Regions


  • Fly-drive Route 66 holiday during the eclipse click here
  • Fly-drive holiday in Oregon during the eclipse click here 
  • Fly-drive holiday to Kentucky and Tennessee during the eclipse click here 
  • Small Group Guided Route 66 holiday - SOLD OUT
  • Small Group Guided Holiday - USA Rockies Vancouver to Denver  SOLD OUT

All Bon Voyage holidays are tailor-made. Please call our team of experts to discuss your eclipse escape - but hurry, space in the hotels in the eclipse belt are already very full!
 
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Solar Eclipse News - 2017

Nashville, Music City, USA!

As the largest American city in the eclipse’s path, Nashville will watch day turn to night as the moon completely blots the sun from the sky for about 2 minutes at 1.27pm on 21st August 2017.

To join the eclipse countdown and find out more about the exciting events taking place in Music City click here. To include a stay in Nashville during the eclipse as part of your tailor-made holiday, call or email the USA experts at Bon Voyage.


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Portland, Oregon

Stay in the 'City of Roses', Portland, and take part in a very special wine-themed Eclipse excursion! 'Eclipse the Vines' tour is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The tour will cater to travellers based in Portland and will ditch the city lights for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry viewing party at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. After turning your eyes to the skies for the solar spectacle, you'll celebrate the event like the ancients did and indulge in wine tastings at two Willamette Valley wineries.


The tour will run from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm and includes entry/transport to the viewing party, lunch, wine tastings, and an expert guide. Please contact Bon Voyage to include this as part of your Oregon Eclipse fly-drive holiday.



THREE DAY ESCORTED TOUR OF THE OREGON COAST TO INCLUDE THE SOLAR ECLIPSE - 

Departs Portland - 20th August 2017 and is limited to only eight travellers per group. Bon Voyage can include this as part of a tailor made package, please call for full details.  


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Madras, Oregon

Just 120 miles south of Portland and located on the edge of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is the small town of Madras.  Based on its high desert location in scenic Central Oregon, the town has been identified by many Solar Eclipse experts as one of the premier viewing locations in the US. Madras will be engulfed in 2.02 minutes of total darkness and offers spectacular photographic opportunities and panoramic views of the magnificent Cascade Mountain Range. Check out the Oregon Solarfest Festival taking place in the Madras Fairgrounds. Here, NASA scientists will be available to answer any questions and to celebrate the eclipse there will be live music, of all genres, and tasty food vendors from throughout the state.  
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Cookeville, Tennessee


Located 80 miles east of Nashville, the small town of Cookeville will be holding a two-day Solar Eclipse Event in Dogwood Park and throughout the historic downtown area. Starting Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 and leading up to viewing on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:30 p.m, the event concludes with a special celestial concert by the Cookeville Community Band on Monday evening. Appearances by local astronauts Barry Wilmore and Roger Crouch are on the cards, but have yet to be 100% confirmed. To include Cookeville in your Tennessee Eclipse fly-drive holiday contact Bon Voyage.  
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

Whilst this area is different from the rest by being closer to to the northern limit of the total solar eclipse, this stunning park will be an intriguing location to watch the eclipse due to its expansive views. This is the first area of major elevation since Wyoming, and the area provides the possibility of seeing the Moon's shadow racing across the landscape, a dramatic sight that will add another dimension to your viewing experience! 


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Hopkinsville, Kentucky

In a strange coincidence, August 21,the day of the 2017 eclipse, carries a lot of significance for tiny Hopkinsville. That’s the day, in 1955, that a local farmhouse in nearby Kelly received an alleged visit from a band of extraterrestrials and a fierce gunfight ensued. Local police and military police from nearby Fort Campbell investigated, and the incident received considerable coverage from the national press.

The community now celebrates the event annually with the “Little Green Men Days” festival. 2017's four-day spectacular will be capped off with a total solar eclipse, and probably considerable UFO conspiracy theories! To include a visit to Hopkinsville in your Eclipse holiday contact Bon Voyage.  


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St Louis, Missouri

The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the greater St. Louis area was 1442! If you are visiting St. Louis we recommend to head to parks south and southwest of the city. A popular viewing venue is likely to be Jefferson Barracks Park where eclipse festivities are planned.Three hundred miles west of St Louis, the town of St Joseph lies on the centreline of the eclipse path and will enjoy one of the longest durations of any sizeable city, at 2 minutes 39 seconds. If you want to escape the cities, head 80 miles south of St. Louis to sleepy Perryville, and take part in the two-day Solarfest activities at the 35-acre Bank of Missouri Soccer Park .

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