To see which towns along the first coast-to-coast US solar eclipse since 1918 are drawing the biggest relative crowds, Cheapflights.com crunched the numbers to see which spots are seeing the biggest spikes in flight searches, the company said.
Here are some highlights of the fun that awaits at the five prime viewing destinations seeing the biggest spikes in flight searches for the main event:
Casper, Wyoming (1,064% increase) – This central Wyoming city is an ideal destination to see the eclipse, thanks to a high probability of clear skies and an altitude of more than 5,000 feet. But the historic celestial event isn´t the only reason to plan a trip to Casper. With its picturesque mountain scenery, fresh air, multitude of trails for hiking and biking and the North Platte River that flows right through the downtown area, Casper is the perfect getaway for anyone who likes to spend time outdoors.
Redmond, Oregon (271% increase) – Located in the heart of central Oregon, the high-desert town of Redmond gets 300 days of sunshine a year, nicely balanced by cool desert evenings. A mecca for mountain bikers and climbers, Redmond also boasts a growing craft beer scene, hiking trails, the chance to get out on the water in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, great antique shopping and numerous spots to sit back and relax at a quaint cafÃ© or bar.
Columbia, South Carolina (245% increase) – Set amidst some seriously stunning natural beauty, South Carolina´s capital offers visitors plenty to do. There are great options if you like spending time in the great outdoors, but Columbia also has its fair share of big city charm with a host of dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Cheyenne, Wyoming (183% increase) – Wyoming´s capital city, considered America´s rodeo and railroad capital, is a great place to base yourself for a few days, either for some eclipse viewing or simply to check out a historic corner of the country.
Boise, Idaho (153% increase) – Whether you´re planning to visit Boise to catch the August eclipse, or you´re just on the hunt for a diverse travel destination, Idaho´s capital offers a little something for everyone.
These off-the-beaten path locales are served by smaller, regional airports making relative increases in travel searches particularly apparent. Increases were measured by comparing searches for the final weekend prior to the eclipse (Aug 19-20) to average searches conducted for the preceding six weekends.
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