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Oregon Offers 1,000 Campsites For The 'Great American Eclipse'

Travelers Today       By    Glory Moralidad

Updated: Apr 14, 2017 06:41 AM EDT

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A rare celestial solar eclipse will happen on August 21 and has travelers across American and the world book accommodation in hotels, lodges or campsites just to see the unusual event. Dubbed as the "Great American Eclipse," people will be pitted in accommodations just to see the moon entirely blocking the sun.

Hotels and campgrounds might be crowded and overbooked by now, but travelers might be happy to know that the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has announced the reopening of 1,000 more campsites for those who wanted to see the celestial phenomenon. The park official says that most of its campsites were already booked since 2016, and opening up more places will help accommodate more people.

OPRD spokesman Chris Havel stated in a press release that, "We want to make this once-in-a-lifetime event available to as many campers as we can safely accommodate. That's why we decided to add additional campsites, all at an affordable cost." A reservation fee of $8 will be charged, and the camping price will be around $10 to $31 per night, reported by The Lonely Planet.

People can start reserving on April 19 at 8 AM for a minimum stay of three days at the site. There are two locations available for visitors: traditional campsites and temporary eclipse sites. The former offers the regular operations of the park with a non-reservable, "first-come, first-served" procedure. Meanwhile, the temporary eclipse spots are opened for the event only.

The eclipse will start by 9 AM on August 21 and will end two hours and a half later. However, Oregon will enjoy the view starting at 10:15 AM PDT between Lincoln City and Newport and will exit the state at 10:27 AM. According to the Great American Eclipse website, Oregon will be one of the most popular states to see the phenomenon because of its weather conditions during the eclipse's path.

The next total eclipse to happen will be on April 8, 2024, and will be seen in Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

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