15 Cities Where You Can See the Total Solar Eclipse

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1. Corvallis, Oregon
> Local Time and Duration:10:16-10:18 a.m.
> Weather report: Clear
> Population: 54,462
> Best place to watch: Crystal Lake Sports Field

Corvallis is in the heart of the Willamette Valley, at the end of the storied Oregon Trail. The city is within 90 miles of the Portland metropolitan area as well as home to Oregon State University. The region expects about 500,000 people to view the solar eclipse.

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2. Salem, Oregon
> Local Time and Duration:10:17-10:19 a.m.
> Weather report:Clear
> Population:164,543
> Best place to watch: Peace Plaza/Capitol Mall

Salem, the capital of Oregon, has scheduled an eclipse-viewing event at the city’s Peace Plaza. The city is also offering free NASA viewing glasses on a first-come, first-served basis. Salem expects anywhere from 250,000 to 500,000 people to view the eclipse.

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3. Idaho Falls, Idaho
> Local Time and Duration: 11:33-11:35 a.m.
> Weather report: Clear
> Population: 58,374
> Best place to watch: Snake River Valley

Idaho Falls, the largest city in eastern Idaho, has been designated as an a “Official NASA Observation Site’’ for the eclipse. The city expects 100,000 to 500,000 visitors for the event.

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4. Casper, Wyoming
> Local Time and Duration: 11:42-11:45 a.m.
> Weather report: Clear
> Population: 58,817
> Best place to watch: All Day Downtown Festival – Downtown Casper

Located in western Wyoming, Casper is the second-biggest city in the state. Casper officials estimate tens of thousands of visitors could descend on the city for the eclipse. Along with the downtown festival, another place to view the eclipse is the Grand Teton National Park. The infusion of visitors might help boost the Wyoming economy, which has been struggling because of its dependence on energy production.

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5. Grand Island, Nebraska
> Local Time and Duration: 12:58-1:01 p.m.
> Weather report: Clear
> Population: 48,520
> Best place to watch: Stuhr Museum

Grand Island, birthplace of actor Henry Fonda, is in the southern half of Nebraska and the home of the Nebraska State Fair. Eclipse viewing will be held at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer.