For those thinking of viewing the eclipse on August 21, it is important to make your travel plans now, since hotels in and near the total eclipse are rapidly filling up. Most cities on and near the path are now completely booked, but some rooms are still available in the following cities at a reasonable price. All of the hotels listed here still have rooms available as of June 20 at a cost of about $50 per night or less.
As of July 24, I will probably not be updating this page any further. As of that date, rooms were still available in or near Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Nashville, and Greenville. These rooms might be close to, but not within, the path of totality. By clicking on the hotels below, you can then search by date. If there are any hotels available in the area, they will then be listed.
Please note that some of these hotels might be near the path of totality, but not directly in it. So you might have to make a short drive from some of these hotels on Monday morning.
Update (July 4): The last hotel room in Lincoln is now gone. Your best option is now to stay in Omaha and drive west on Interstate 80 early the morning of August 21. Drive at least as far as Lincoln, but for best viewing, continue west to Grand Island or south to Beatrice. Rooms were still available at the following Omaha hotel for about $50 per night:
Kansas City, MO:
As of July 18, hotels in Kansas City are filling up, and many of the hotels previously listed here are no longer available. Most rooms in Kansas City, MO, are full, but rooms are available in Kansas City, KS. Most of the remaining hotels seem to be otside the area of totality, and you will need to drive north or northeast the day of the eclipse. Note: these hotels are close to, but might not be directly within, the eclipse path of totality. To view the total eclipse, you will need to move to the northeast of Kansas City. Extremely heavy traffic is expected, particularly on Interstate 35, and you will need to leave the hotel very early on the morning of August 21. For more information on traffic predictions, please visit my Eclipse Gridlock page.
As of July 18, the following hotels are available under $100:
Arrowhead Inn (Use coupon code TRAVEL8)
Update (July 17): The following hotel is no longer available, but by following this link and checking for availability on August 20, you will be able to see a list of other hotels with rooms still available.
Jefferson City, MO:
Update (June 28): All hotels in Jefferson City now appear to be completely booked.
St. Louis, MO:
The following hotels are close to, but not necessarily within, the path of the total eclipse. The path of totality is located southwest of St. Louis, and to view the total eclipse you may need to drive southwest the morning of August 21. Traffic may be extremely heavy. For predictions of eclipse driving conditions, please visit my Eclipse Gridlock page.
Crosslands St. Louis – Airport – N. Lindbergh Blvd. (Use coupon code TRAVEL8).
Update (July 18): As of today, rooms in Nashville are 96% booked, and only a few rooms under $100 are available, including the following:
Update: As of July 7, all inexpensive rooms in Anderson are booked, although there are a handful for about $200 per night. Inexpensive rooms remain in Greenville.
Motel 6 Greenville SC (Use coupon code TRAVEL8)
Update: As of July 17, no hotel rooms are available in Columbia, SC. The following hotel was the last to have rooms available. By clicking on the link, if any other rooms in the area become available, they will be listed.
Update: As of July 12, all hotels in Charleston appear to be booked.