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2017 Eclipse Blog / FAQ

Can’t I just drive to somewhere in the path, get out and watch it wherever I end up?

Technically, you’ll be able to see totality from anywhere in the path.


The closer you are to the center of the path, the longer totality will be for you. If this is your first eclipse, it would be a good plan to try and get as close to that centerline as possible. However, you should also be respectful of where you choose to set up.The side of the road is not good from a safety standpoint, and people’s yards and parking lots belong to them! Rest areas may be very crowded, but parks and other open public areas are wonderful. will keep a listing of all known official viewing areas, so visit early and visit often to keep up to date with the best location for you!

2 Responses to “Can’t I just drive to somewhere in the path, get out and watch it wherever I end up?”

  1. BillyBowlegs says:

    I have a similar question: Is there an issue with choosing a viewing site that is off the side of a rural country road, not a highway (so reasonably safe?), and not near a home or driveway?

    • Admin says:

      Billy – It’s probably not as bad as stooping on the side of a highway, but remember that every piece of land belongs to someone! It wouldn’t be good to stop and get set up only to then be asked to leave! Better might be on public lands in a rural setting, if that’s where you’d like to view from.


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