National parks brace for eclipse crowds

The U.S. National Park Service is gearing up for some historically large crowds August 21, 2017 when a total solar eclipse will occur over a swath across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina, crossing over 21 national park units and seven trails.

If you haven’t planned ahead, be aware that lodging and camping is full around most of the parks, the NPS site warns, and many of the nearby towns have limited services.

The park service, along with NASA, universities and other agencies and community organizations are offering a range of events at parks in the path of totality.

The park service is advising visitors to bring food, allow extra time for parking, protect your eyes, and take time to enjoy the park beyond the eclipse event.

Here are some of the parks across the U.S. where people will be viewing the eclipse…


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