best places to watch solar eclipse
The path of totality goes through Oregon...but if you don't already have confirmed reservations it's too late to do anything but drive down in gridlocked traffic and wonder where to park. The state expects a million visitors and will be a zoo.
If the skies are clear on Monday morning, you can see a 92% eclipse from Seattle. I suggest that you find a place that gives you a reasonably clear view to the southeast.
Be sure to wear the eclipse glasses, we purchased ours yesterday. :)
Funny, bob ;). I'll be outside but not going anywhere near the path of totality . Traffic and PDX are already being deluged as we speak here. On Monday morning I'll grab my eclipse glasses and a folding chair and walk a half block to a neighborhood open park, not many trees it' s a play park, and sit down and look up :).99 percent is fine with me.Edited: 17 August 2017, 20:24
I missed the last one as I was visiting my Mother in New Orleans. My brother watched it from Goldendale. He said what he remembers most is that the birds suddenly went silent!
Hotels are available in the Tri-Cities and lots of empty spaces to watch from south of there in Oregon. 2-3 hour early morning drive (like 3am) will be reasonably uncrowded. The I-84 rest area at Weatherby will probably be packed but there's lots of empty dirt roads into the hills around the totality path.
I'm afraid Sequim's optimistic view is totally unrealistic. Any...and I mean ANY...roads into the path of totality will be a complete mess. And venturing onto dirt and forest roads into the Cascades without knowing where you are going is a recipe for disaster. Complicating everything (as if a million extra people in the state isn't complication enough) are the fires, which are darkening the skies and displacing thousands of campers with nowhere else to go. The Oregon National Guard has been mobilized to relieve the fire fighters. State police are augmenting local law enforcement, but there is a real concern that first responders will not be able to get through the clogged roads to deal with emergencies and evacuations.
If you can't be in reserved lodging by Sunday and be able to stay until at least Tuesday, don't come. Or stay well north of the path of totality.
the beach without buildings and tall structures around