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At Cruise America, we have blogged about hundreds of places you can go in one of our top-of-the-line class C rental motorhomes. We offer ideas for the best views that Mother Nature has to offer. We’ve suggested national and state parks, beaches, forests, mountains, deserts, glaciers and even volcanos. But hang on to your trailer hitches folks, because there’s something coming up in just a matter of weeks that you won’t want to miss, and you may need to make travel plans to get the best view of the event, depending on where you live.

On the 21st day of August, in the year 2017, the moon will be passing directly into the path of the sun, completely blocking its light, and obliterating the normal daylight from the sky. The shadow from the moon will race towards the earth, with which it is to collide. When it does, a total eclipse of the sun will happen. The moon’s shadow will arrive at 10:15 a.m. with perfect accuracy, as predicted by scientists and astronomers, decades ago.

This is the first eclipse of its kind to happen in 26 years. It has been dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” and it’s a sight that very few people have witnessed, and from what we hear, it’s an uncanny view.

Not that you ever need a reason or an excuse to rent an RV, but what a perfect opportunity to rent a motorhome and travel to one of the locations where you can view this upcoming celestial event in its entirety! People from all over the world are making U.S. travel plans for their viewing trips, and are booking hotel rooms by the droves. With an RV, you don’t need to attempt to find a hotel. Actually, you don’t even need an RV park … there is always dry camping, if you prefer. But imagine celebrating this historical phenomenon in the comfort of a rental motorhome that’s parked wherever you choose to park it for the big show.

But here’s the thing—you can’t see the eclipse in its entirety (meaning full “totality”) from just anywhere. There are certain cities in certain states though, where the heavens will offer the complete show … the states in which these cities are located are listed below, as well as the Cruise America rental location/locations also located in or near the state:

Oregon
Mt. Scott Motors in Portland at 8400 SE 82nd Ave Portland, OR 97266
503-777-9833

Idaho
Beckham Collision Center – 117 N 21st Ave Caldwell, ID 83605
208-455-6289

Montana
Taylor’s Choice Auto – 720 Central Ave Billings, MT 59102
800-549-2301
VEM Enterprises – 700 W Madison Ave Belgrade, MT 59714
406-388-2330
Mike’s Off Road – 80675-B Gallatin Rd Bozeman, MT 59718
406-624-0424
Sport Land Inc – 12787 US Highway 93 S Lolo, MT 59847
406-273-4994

Wyoming
Cruise America Denver – 8950 Federal Blvd Federal Heights, CO 80260
77-784-3733

Nebraska
A-1 Enterprises Inc – 4114 S 90th St Omaha, NE 68127
402-592-1118

Kansas
Express Stops – 1650 SW Market St Hwy 50 & 291 South Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
816-347-9662

Iowa
A-1 Enterprises Inc – 4114 S 90th St Omaha, NE
402-592-1118

Missouri
Express Stops – 1650 SW Market St Hwy 50 & 291 South Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
816-347-9662
Springfield KOA – 5775 W Farm Road 140
417-866-1222

Illinois
The Truck Stop – 2732 Mannheim Rd Franklin Park, IL 60131
847-451-9662
Discount Car Rental – 895 Richardson Rd E Dundee, IL 60118
847-426-3300
Wenzel’s Automotive Service – 1101 Sheridan Rd Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096
844-849-2548
A&G Rental – 10S241 Schoger Dr Naperville, IL 60564
603-236-4775
North Park Rental Services Inc – 9624 N 2nd St Machesney Park, IL 61115
815-282-4347
Three Rivers RV – 4615 Hedge Road Roxana, IL 62024
618-254-3650

Kentucky
B&C Rentals – 201 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214
615-885-4281

Tennessee
Melton Collision Center – 2305 Hatcher Dr Knoxville, TN 37921
865-766-0300
A Aaron Moving Inc – 10230 Hwy 70 Lakeland, TN 38002
901-867-0639
B&C Rentals – 201 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214
615-885-4281

Georgia
Gwinnett Rental & Truck Repair 3446 Buford Hwy Duluth, GA 30096
770-495-7186
Super Deals RV – 931 Carrollton Hwy Temple, GA 30179
770-942-1700

North Carolina
Interstate Motor & Auto – 8533 Old Concord Road Charlotte, NC 28213
704-921-4844
Westside Rental – 5412 US Hwy 70 W Durham, NC 27705
919-384-8645
B&B Automotive Sales & Leasing – 5216 W Market St Greensboro, NC 27409
336-292-8420

South Carolina
Penguin Rentals Inc 1200 Broad River Road Columbia, SC 29210

It would be too lengthy to list all of the towns within these states that will enjoy full totality, but it’s an easy internet search away.

Just a reminder that if you are going to watch the eclipse, be sure to use special glasses or other safe viewing methods, rather than looking directly at it. This could severely damage your eyes.

It’s not going to last long. In fact, the swath of the moon’s shadow will be touching the United States for only a total of one hour and 33 minutes, which is less time than most movies last. Anyone viewing it will get less than two minutes to see it in full totality, but in that short period of time, many lives will be changed, having seen one of nature’s most spectacular shows. The only thing that could make it more enjoyable is seeing it from a Cruise America rental RV … now THAT’S a heavenly view!

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