Arguably the most anticipated natural occurrence in recent history is now just a few days away, and folks with major FOMO are scrambling to find last-minute spots to catch the action.
In the Bay Area, the eclipse will peak on Monday, August 21st around 10:15am (check times for your exact location), but since we are, sadly, not in the path of totality, locals can only expect to see 76 percent solar covering and, in San Francisco, light pollution and dense fog are sure to dilute even that experience. While many eclipse-chasers are headed up to Oregon for the big show, predictions for "the worst traffic jams in American history" (two to seven million people are expected to road trip to better vantage points), have many seeking paths of less resistance.
To make the most of the historic moment while keeping close to home, head north just a bit for clearer views of the magic. Here are a few last-minute getaway spots that have availability as of press time.
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(Eileen Roche, courtesy of Hipcamp)
Happy Valley Ranch
In the foothills of Mt. St. Helena, dog-friendly Happy Valley Ranch sits on several acres of secluded NorCal terra firma and offers glamped-out yurts and tent-only sites. The area has perfectly crisp, clear skies—ideal for stargazing. While onsite, you can hike and have a dip in the spring-fed swimming hole. If you do bring your pup, note that animals can become anxious during solar and lunar events—give Spot an extra squeeze. // Starting at $250/night (amenities included); Maacama Ridge Rd. and Hwy 128 (Healdsburg), hipcamp.com
(Courtesy of Hipcamp via Jay Kijai)
What better way to watch the moon wax over the sun than with a glass of your favorite Napa Valley varietal in hand? At Camp Midgard, 46 acres of pristine Wine Country are untouched by the man-made world, making it an ideal spot to pitch a tent, uncork a bottle, and cheers to the once-in-a-lifetime event. Fires are strictly forbidden, so leave the matches at home. // Starting at $70/night (with access to drinking water and power stations); Calistoga Rd. and Skinner Rd. (Santa Rosa), hipcamp.com
(Courtesy of Hipcamp via Manel Siles)
Mendocino is magical on an average day, so it's no wonder its coastal locales rank high on our list of getaways. Come Monday the 21st, set your sights to the sky from Sunrise Camp, overlooking much of the Holland Reservoir. You can either pitch your tent along the trail above the water's edge or hike up to Emma's Tree. Get up early: The citrusy sunrise over the glassy is a sight all its own. Note: There's no potable water here, so be sure to pack your own. // Starting at $90/night; Country Rd. 429 B and Cahto Dr. (Laytonville), hipcamp.com
Pro tip: If you still don't have eclipse-ready eyewear, be sure to buy a NASA-approved pair and not some unsafe knockoff online.
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