LIST: Here's where you can see the total solar eclipse in a day's drive from Cleveland

Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 14, 2017

Millions of Americans will get to see a total eclipse right in their own backyard, but, in order for Northeast Ohio residents to see the whole thing, they'll have to travel a bit.

Here are some locations within driving distance you can visit if you haven't made plans yet: 

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Carbondale, Illinois

Total eclipse: 1:21 p.m. CDT.

It's about an 8-hour and 33-minute drive from Cleveland, but here you will be able to see the eclipse for the longest amount of time for about 2.5 minutes. Festivities and events are already planned out to see this rare moment. Saluki Stadium at Southern Illinois University will be the center for the total eclipse. Guest can participate in a guided experience and live overhead commentary during the eclipse.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Total eclipse: 1:24 p.m. CDT

About a 7-hour and a 37-minute drive from Cleveland, a total eclipse will be around two minutes and forty seconds. This small town will give off big town vibes during the weekend leading up the eclipse.

  • DeBow Park | 307 North Drive Hopkinsville, KY 42240
  • Ruff Park |  733 North Drive Hopkinsville, KY 42240
  • Trail of Tear s| 100 E 9th Street Hopkinsville, KY 42240
  • Tie Breaker Park |  9503 Eagle Way Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Nashville, Tenessee

Total eclipse: 1:27 p.m. CDT

Make a weekend trip to the city of music for the total solar eclipse. About a 7-hour drive and 47-minute drive from Cleveland, the view of the eclipse will last 1 minute and 55 seconds.

View more a dozen places to see the eclipse in Nashville here.

The Great Smoky Mountains

Total eclipse: 2:35 p.m. ET

The entire western half of the park will go dark under the total eclipse. Just over 8 hours, The Great Smoky Mountains has some of the best views of nature. Guided tours for hikers and outdoorsy people will be available. The total eclipse will last about 2 minutes and 10 seconds.