Carbondale hopes to welcome 60,000 eclipse tourists

Published on : Saturday, August 19, 2017

solar eclipse visitorsThe city of Carbondale is optimistic about drawing in a record number of tourists over this weekend as a beautiful conspiracy of Mother Nature as a meteorology wonder leads to a beautiful total solar eclipse on Monday.


Approximately 60,000 tourists are expected to arrive in the city of 26,000 during this weekend to witness the eclipse that sweeps over the continental U.S.


It is actually the first total eclipse since the year 1918. Known as totality, the path of darkness passes through Carbondale. A region known as Makanda in Carbondale is scheduled to be a spectator to the longest hour of darkness spanning about 2 minutes and 42 seconds.


All the sidewalks of the city have been replaced.


New planters, trees and lightning have been laid all across the neighborhood. Furthermore, an old bar has also been demolished for the purpose of offering better parking facilities. Apart from that, a new bike path is also on the verge of completion here.


The city has been preparing for a series of programs and celebrations like Shadowfest as well as many live music performances.


Several eclipse-centric visitors would be able to cruise through the Crossroads Astronomy Science and Technology Expo at the Siu Arena on Sunday and Monday. And SIU has already sold out Eclipse Day at 15,000-seat Saluki Stadium where the Marching Salukis would perform.


Outside the stadium, NASA would be hosting a 41/2-hour live ‘Eclipse Megacast’ that national networks would be picking up.


At a distance of nearly 45 miles southeast of Carbondale, close to Belknap, White Crane Canoe Rentals & Guide Service would be taking adventures on a canoe expedition that would be placing them in pitch darkness in the cypress swamp on Cache River. The 60,000 people likely to make trips to Carbondale are expected to usher in as much as $8 million of economic impact to the city, as per Jannika Lopez who is an eclipse specialist at Carbondale Tourism.




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