Columbia, South Carolina
The Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast
Columbia, S.C., has been widely acknowledged by major media outlets such as USA Today, Forbes and the Washington Post newspaper as one of the top cities nationwide for viewing the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
At 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, visitors and residents who have gathered in the greater Columbia, S.C., area will experience the longest period of 100% total solar eclipse for a metro area on the entire East Coast of the United States: 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality, compared with the national maximum of 2 minutes and 41 seconds that will be visible in smaller communities in the Central United States.
NASA estimates that South Carolina could see an influx of up to 1 million visitors to witness nature’s grandest spectacle.
In response, the Columbia, S.C., region’s best and brightest event planners, attractions, cultural institutions, sports venues, hotels, restaurants, shops and other entities are planning eclipse events all weekend leading up to and during the Great American Eclipse of 2017.