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Plan Your Trip to Salem for the Great American Solar Eclipse 2017

Becca Barnhart | 08/29/2016 | Events, Fall, Outdoors, Salem Area, Summer
For the first time in more than 30 years, a total solar eclipse will move diagonally across the United States on August 21, 2017 -- starting on the Oregon Coast and traveling directly through the Willamette Valley. Mid-Willamette Valley towns including McMinnville, Salem, Albany and Corvallis are located directly in the "path of totality," and will go nearly or completely dark for almost two minutes, starting at 10:17 a.m. Salem and surrounding communities are gearing up by planning viewing parties and events that will make this rare celestial event even more memorable. Start making plans now to be in the Willamette Valley for the Great American Solar Eclipse 2017! You don't want to miss it -- the next U.S. solar eclipse isn't until 2024! What is a Total Solar Eclipse Total solar eclipses occur when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow (the umbra) on Earth. "If you're in the path (of totality), you will see one of the most phenomenal sights that human eyes can convey to the brain," notes Dan McGlune, a veteran of 12 solar eclipses. "People travel to remote deserts, jungles and islands just to be in the path of a total eclipse. So walk, run, fly, drive, or cycle to into the path on eclipse day. You will not regret it!" adds McGlune. Eclipse Events & Viewing Parties Arcane Cellars, located on the banks of the Willamette River in Salem, is offering a special eclipse package that includes camping, live music, food, wine and a talk led by an astronomy expert. Wine lovers can also view totality among the vines during a special event being held at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner. OMSI (The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry) invites guests for a viewing party to be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, while The Oregon Garden will be one of the key sites in historic Silverton to host a viewing within its 80-acre botanical garden. Visitors can even experience the eclipse from the very top of the Oregon State Capitol building during an exclusive tower tour. More eclipse-related events are expected to be added in the coming months. Check Travel Salem's eclipse page for updates. Lodging Visitors are encouraged to make lodging arrangements soon as space is expected to fill quickly. Whether you're interested in a hotel, campground, RV park or Bed and Breakfast, there are a number of options in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Book your hotel room now or check out RV parks and campgrounds in or near Salem. For more information about eclipse-related events or lodging in the Salem area, go to
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