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Columbia, South Carolina has been identified as one of the top places in the nation to experience the upcoming total solar eclipse by the New York Times, Fodor's Travel, the Telegraph, USA Today, Forbes, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune and more.


COLUMBIA – Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy more than 100 eclipse-related events in the Columbia, South Carolina region -- “Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast” -- across the long weekend of August 18-21, 2017, when viewers will see the longest total solar eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast.

What travelers will find is something that Columbia, S.C. area locals enjoy year-round: the authenticity and vibrancy of the unexpected urban south, with walkable lifestyle districts, nationally recognized tourism destinations, family-friendly attractions, top-notch cultural and arts offerings, beautiful rivers and outdoor adventures, chef-driven restaurants, independent boutique shopping, public art, live music and more. Entertainment possibilities are endless in Columbia, S.C., where the cultural calendar is just as sweet as the iced tea.

During the highly anticipated total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 at 2:41 p.m., totality in the greater Columbia, South Carolina area will range from 2 minutes and 30 seconds up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness in the middle of the afternoon.

Thrillist urges travelers to visit the dynamic capital city before it’s too popular, while The New York Times, Fodor’s Travel, the UK’s Telegraph, USA Today, Forbes, the Washington Post and more highlight the “Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast” as one of the top travel destinations in the nation to watch the total solar eclipse.

Entities and locations hosting events in the greater Columbia, S.C. region that offer year-round hospitality, programming and activities:

• Congaree National Park, S.C.’s only national park and largest old growth bottomland forest in SE

• South Carolina State Museum, Planetarium, 4D Theater & Boeing Observatory

• Lake Murray, with 650 miles of shoreline, Lake Murray Dam, Dreher Island State Park and more

• Saluda Shoals Park on the Congaree River

• “Southern Lights” Laser Art Installation on the Congaree River

• Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball Team and Spirit Communications Park at BullStreet

• Sesquicentennial State Park

• Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

• 12,000-Year History Park and Timmerman Trail by the Congaree River in Cayce, S.C.

• Riverfront Park, Finlay Park, newly renovated Owens Field park and an array of City of Columbia Parks

• Congaree River outings with Carolina Outdoor Adventures and more

• The University of South Carolina

• The South Carolina State Fair events and annual State Fair

• West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater

• Robert Mills House & Gardens and Historic Columbia

• Columbia Museum of Art

• Nickelodeon Theatre

• South Carolina Philharmonic

• Tapp’s Art Center

• EdVenture Children’s Museum

• Lexington County Blowfish Baseball

• Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center events


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