A Total Eclipse of Travel to These 7 Cities

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On Monday, August 21, the moon will totally eclipse the sun—something that only happens when the moon is near perigee, which is the point of its orbit closest to Earth. What’s especially amazing about the upcoming event is that the entire continental United States will be able to witness it for the first time in almost a century.

The total eclipse travel bug has infected the hearts and minds of Americans this year, with enthusiasts who live outside of the eclipse path willing and eager to travel to witness the blackout IRL.

Hipmunk dug into its data and found that, in aggregate, bookings to these seven major cities that lie in the eclipse’s path are up a whopping 418 percent as a share on Hipmunk when compared to the equivalent weekend in 2016, with a 29 percent average increase over the average August booking price.

City/ Airport

Eclipse Weekend

Aug 2017 Avg

Percent Increase

Nashville, TN (BNA)

$708 $403


Portland, OR (PDX)




Omaha, NE (OMA)




Knoxville, TN (TYS)




Kansas City, MO (MCI)




St. Louis, MO (STL)




Columbia, SC (CLT)





Methodology: Hipmunk analyzed average eclipse weekend RT US booking prices to these seven cities as compared to average RT flight booking prices departing and returning in August 2017. Bookings occurred from July 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017. 

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Kelly Soderlund

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