Solar Eclipse States 2017: Best Places to See in the United States

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Superman prepares for today's solar eclipse.

Monday, August 21 marks the first time since 1979 there will be a visible solar eclipse. So, where are the best places for you to witness history?

Before you get in the car to drive elsewhere, CNN has a handy map where you can type in your address to see how close you are to prime viewing. You can zoom out to see what percentage of the eclipse you can see from your location.

The best states for eclipse viewing include parts of South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming and Idaho are all states that stand out with a good portion of each state in prime viewing territory.

The following is list of the top ten eclipse viewing cities and places compiled by Great American Eclipse: Madras, Oregon; Snake River Valley, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Sandhills of western Nebraska; Carbondale, Illinois; St. Joseph, Missouri; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Great Smoky Mountain National Park, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina.

While these are the ten best areas to watch, it does not mean you will not be able to see the eclipse in other places. The places listed above just give you the best chance to see the full impact of the solar eclipse (places in the path of totality). It is important to remember that traffic in many places will be greater than normal.

If you are waiting until the last minute to go to a prime location, you may be better off staying where you are. In addition to the traffic getting to a prime location, many of the best viewing spots are in small towns where there are not large roads to accommodate an influx of people.

NASA also provides an interactive map where you can see the times of prime eclipse viewing across the United States. The best plan is to find a place in driving distance of where you live, and get as close as possible without getting into the heart of traffic.

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