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Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
It isn’t every day that a two-minute event draws thousands of spectators from five continents to a constellation of rural U.S. destinations from Oregon to South Carolina and a dozen states in between.
The total eclipse of 2017, which arrived on August 21 in the U.S. for the first time in 99 years, was one of the most unusual travel snapshots in Airbnb history. Travellers from 26 countries had booked homes along the path of totality, a 70-mile wide strip that crosses 14 U.S. states. Airbnb expected 50,000 guest arrivals in Airbnb homes in the path of totality on the night before the eclipse, and that included dramatic growth in active listings in many cities and towns located in the path of totality.
The towns along the path of totality enjoyed the most dramatic and lengthy eclipse showings, with the longest duration near Hopkinsville, KY, where the sun was completely obscured for two minutes and 40 seconds.
On average, a total solar eclipse happens in a given location only once every 375 years – and towns across the path of totality are making the most of it, with countless festivals, watch parties and events in the top destinations for viewing: Hopkinsville, KY, expected 20,000 visitors for its annual UFO fair coinciding with the eclipse; Idaho Falls, ID is hosting a four-day, moon-themed country music festival; and tiny Stapleton, NE is bracing for thousands of eclipse watchers around its annual August rodeo.