Like many of you, I am going to drive towards the latitudinal center of the country in order to see the upcoming solar eclipse next Monday. I've never seen a solar eclipse, and so before I depart this mortal world, I think it would make a nice little check box on my bucket list.
There's just one problem.
It seems everybody else in the US is doing the same.
Numbers are impossible to estimate, but if hotel prices are any indication it seems the entire country is going solar eclipse crazy.
St. Joseph, Missouri, originally where I aimed to view the eclipse has NO VACANCY in the entire 76,000 person town.
If I'm willing to drive two states over and one up, I can find lodging in Casper, Wyoming for around $1,500.
But if I'm willing to go over one more to scenic Idaho Falls, Idaho, I can find much more "reasonable" accommodations for around $700 per night.
About the only place I could find somewhat affordable lodging was in Knoxville, Tennessee, but with a 94% vacancy rate, I doubt there will be any rooms left in the inn for procrastinators.
If you had plans to see the solar eclipse it looks like it's time to start couch surfing with buddies. And for those of you savvy enough to avoid lines and traffic jams, it might prove wise to view the eclipse from some small remote town in America's farmland rather than the larger metro areas which promise to be zoos.
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