On Aug. 21, Americans will have an opportunity to take in the astral beauty of a total solar eclipse! Thanks to data provided by NASA and the National Park Service, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy was able to identify the most ideal course—and best rail-trails—across the nation to view this rare phenomenon.
Check out this story map, which highlights 13 rail-trails along the route. You can click on any rail-trail (green lines) inside the viewing area for location information. You can also use this handy web page to find out when you can see the eclipse in your zip code. And last, but not least, be sure to review this page by NASA for eclipse-viewer safety tips!
(To read about each of the featured trails, use the white arrow buttons on the left side of the story map, or scroll down with your mouse. To make the map zoom in closer or further out as you scroll through each trail, click on the plus and minus signs.)
Special acknowledgement to story map creator Derek Strout and to contributors Laura Stark and Ryan Cree.