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How to watch the 2017 eclipse in Greenville, South Carolina

Rooms are going for a relative song for August 21 in this South Carolina town

It’s got hotel rooms that aren’t booked-up, it’s accessible to millions of Americans, and it’s got a long Totality, but for some reason Grenville in South Carolina is not on any ‘top ten places to see the eclipse’.

It did, however, make it into my ebook, 100 Best Places in the USA to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017.

Unlike many places along the track of the eclipse, Greenville has hotel rooms available. Figures from travel search engine seen by confirm that the town has 68% availability, with 44/69 hotels still with rooms selling for an average rate of US$168 for August 20. That’s a bargain.

Where to stay

1 – Courtyard Greenville Downtown – Solar Eclipse Viewing Party package

(use code ‘LPR’ on

2 – Hampton Inn Travelers Rest – Travelers Rest Eclipse It Package
3 – Hyatt Regency Downtown 
4 – Aloft Greenville Downtown 
5 – Embassy Suites Riverplace
6 – Hampton Inn & Suites Riverplace
7 – Westin Pointsett

The center of Greenville, which is in the upstate region of South Carolina, gets 2 minutes, 10 seconds of Totality, and a short drive south down Interstate 85 and most of the way to Anderson will get you another 25 seconds or so of Totality – and that’s TOTALLY worth it. Besides, it wold be wise to be mobile in this part of the Path of Totality because cloud is a frequent problem here during August.

Both the Roper Mountain Science Center and Bob Jones University are hosting eclipse observation events that will include hands-on science activities and telescopes with solar filters.

The buzz is just starting to build as we come into the summer,” says Brenda Connell at TK PR for Visit Greenville.

“We don’t think people realized the magnitude of the event early on, but certainly in this last quarter we have seen many more area businesses jump on board and begin the planning process to make sure they are part of this once in a lifetime event.”

Photo credit: VisitGreenvilleSC
Falls Park on the Reedy and the Liberty Bridge in Greenville, South Carolina