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Once in a lifetime. That’s the motto for millions of Americans who will journey to the path of totality when the Great American Eclipse sweeps over the Smoky Mountains on August 21. more

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An astronomical number of visitors will descend on the Smoky Mountains for the Great American Eclipse—an out-of-this-world, thank-your-lucky-star, universally spectacular event. more

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By a celestial stroke of luck, the total eclipse will swoop over the colossal dish telescopes of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Brevard, North Carolina. more

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A thin beam of dimmed headlights slid around the last curve of the snaking switchbacks to Lookout Mountain Observatory, the doors of a shuttle bus swung open and a crowd of eager star gazers piled out into the night. more

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Clark Lovelace was a little skeptical when a package with a pair of cardboard eclipse glasses showed up in his mailbox two years ago. He put them on, but couldn’t see a thing through the opaque black film, so off they came. more

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When the total eclipse descends on Cherokee, North Carolina, this August, a tradition reaching back thousands of years will live on. more

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In Tennessee, you can watch the eclipse from a raft in the middle of the Ocoee River or chose from a host of family-friendly viewing options. more

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From a special planetarium program to tailgating and commemorative wine glasses, Georgia has plenty of special events to make the eclipse even more fun. more

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South Carolina will get plenty of time in totality. But there's only one event that combines the S.C. mountains with the eclipse. more

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Eclipse watching events in North Carolina more

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Smoky Mountain Living has rounded up a comprehensive guide of eclipse festivals, events, and programs. Explore our vast list to find an event that suits your group. more

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