As you can see, the greatest eclipse (GE) occurs near the town of Hopkinsville Kentucky with Clarksville Tennessee nearby. Both Hopkinsville and Clarksville have numerous hotels. Drive time from Hopkinsville to GE is roughly 15 minutes, where the drive from Clarksville is roughly 30 minutes. Clarksville has more hotels. Overcast skies rarely happen in the summer in this area.
Greatest eclipse means the longest duration for the Moon to totally cover the Sun which in this case it is two minutes and forty seconds (2:40). In Salem Oregon the total eclipse lasts one minute and fifty five seconds (1:55). Total solar eclipses are rare and every second counts when viewing them!
Go to Google maps and see in detail how the eclipse fares in the particular geographical location you are interested in.
Updated on May 15, 2009