Huge surge of visitors at U.S. National Parks for solar eclipse

Published on : Monday, August 21, 2017

WyomingThe National Park Service expects August 21 to be the “busiest day in the history of the park”.


The eclipse begins at dawn over the north Pacific, about 1,500 miles west of North America.  Home to the vast majority of Yellowstone National Park, the first in the world, Wyoming has always seen a huge number of tourist footfalls. The eclipse has already created a lot of brouhaha amongst the travel enthusiasts.


The eclipse begins at dawn over the north Pacific, about 1,500 miles west of North America. The “line of totality” – the narrow band where the moon completely blocks out the sun – crosses the Oregon coast at 10.16am Pacific Daylight Time. Over the following 90 minutes the shadow will sweep across the centre of the US before departing over the Atlantic shore at 2.46pm, Eastern Daylight Time, close to Charleston, South Carolina.


Wyoming is home to the Grand Tetons National Park, which is crossed by the line of totality.


August is in itself one of the busiest months in terms of travel.


The Great American Eclipse website says, “While there are many hotels and campgrounds in this area, they will undoubtedly be inadequate for the onslaught of eclipse tourists drawn to the most majestic mountains in the contiguous 48 United States.”


Expecting a huge rush, the National Park Service has warned its visitors stating “Expect heavy congestion, traffic gridlock and long delays.” The congestion is expected to be more after the event as thousands of motorists will all try to leave at once.

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