It’s not too late.
If you weren’t planning on traveling to travel to see the total solar eclipse on Monday but are rethinking your decision, you should know it’s still possible to witness this rare celestial event. Here is a breakdown of how to get there, how to find a place to stay and which activities to do. (In case the ones we recommended earlier are sold out.)
Is flying still an option? Yes. Although seats are more scarce than usual, Expedia.com reports, you can still find room on planes to nearly all eclipse viewing destinations, including Charleston, Nashville and Lincoln, Neb. Though Sarah Gavin, a spokeswoman for the company, suggested that you may have to compromise. “Availability is certainly more limited than it would be otherwise but not impossible if you’re willing to be flexible with connections and flight times,” she said. So you may have to fly out of the way to get to your final destination.
There are some nonstop flights, according to the airfare prediction app Hopper.com, which found plenty of availability between Aug. 18 and Aug. 20 for flights to eclipse viewing destinations from New York City, Los Angeles and about a dozen other major cities around the United States.
How steep are the prices? You should be prepared to pay a premium on those flights: the cost of a ticket from several cities in the United States to Portland, Ore., for example, which is within driving distance of several total eclipse locations, is 20 percent more expensive on Expedia.com this weekend than it cost be otherwise.
Hopper’s scan of nonstop flights to total eclipse viewing spot also showed sky-high prices. According to its data, a round-trip ticket for a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport, in New York City, to Charleston a few days before the eclipse can cost as much as $970.