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Anticipation Rising for the Eclipse of a Lifetime

Monday, August 21, 2017 will provide an opportunity to glimpse one of the most dramatic cosmic activities in the universe – a total solar eclipse.

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Copyright 2012 Steve Sucsy

Monday, August 21, 2017 will provide an opportunity to glimpse one of the most dramatic cosmic activities in the universe – a total solar eclipse. While everyone in North America will have a chance to witness at least a partial eclipse of the sun, those wanting a full view of the eclipse will need to be aligned in just the right path.

Hotels.com® determined that due to the eclipse, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Idaho and Kentucky saw the largest increase in hotel searches when compared year over year.* Properties in these states are seeing people from all over the country making their reservations to witness the total eclipse; which was last seen in the United States in 1979.

Thomas Hettinger, Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics and a member of the Hotels.com team commented: "Total solar eclipses are special events in the Universe. In addition to requiring a moon at just the right distance with just the right size, a planet must also have a star at just the right distance with just the right size. You don’t want to miss this rare and easy opportunity to view such a wonderful cosmic performance!"

For those just now making the decision to try to get a glimpse of this once in a lifetime eclipse, Hotels.com has picked hotels that still have availability -- all located within a few hours’ drive (at most!) to locations across the path of the eclipse. Plus, great places to stay are on this deals page.

Nebraska

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Element Omaha Midtown CrossingOmaha, Nebraska 4.4 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $209 per night

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Magnolia HotelOmaha, Nebraska 4.3 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $169 per night

Additional option: Sonesta ES Suites Omaha

Kansas

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The Bluemont HotelManhattan, Kansas 4.5 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $184 per night

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Anderson Bed & BreakfastManhattan, Kansas 4.9 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $141 per night

Additional option: Clubhouse Inn Topeka

Missouri

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Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center Kansas CityIndependence, Missouri 4.7 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $154 per night

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The Raphael Hotel, Autograph CollectionKansas City, Missouri 4.7 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $339 per night

Idaho

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The Riverside HotelBoise, Idaho 4.2 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $318 per night

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My Place Hotel—MeridianMeridian, Idaho 4.6 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $198 per night

Kentucky

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21c Museum Hotel LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky 4.7 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $236 per night

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Vu GuesthouseLouisville, Kentucky 4.3 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com From $209 per night

In just a few clicks you could be on your way to view the eclipse of a lifetime. Don’t forget to book with Hotels.com® Rewards for instant savings and when you collect 10 nights, you get one free.

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