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Airbnb and the Great American Eclipse

 
 

Airbnb and the Great American Eclipse

On August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse passed over the United States for the first time in 40 years. The path of totality, or the area where people could see the moon completely obscure the sun, cut all the way across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. And along that path, Airbnb bookings spiked dramatically, with some guests reserving their homes as far back as 2015. We wrote a story about solar eclipse enthusiasts staying in Airbnbs along the path of totality and created an interactive map and illustrations to bring it to life.

 
 

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  • Newport, OR will be the first to see the eclipse on land, with totality beginning at 10:15 AM.

  • A minor league baseball team in Salem, OR will experience the first-ever "eclipse delay."

  • Idaho Falls, ID is hosting a four-day country music festival featuring 25 bands.

  • Earliest bookings for eclipse night on the path of the eclipse were in 2015.

  • Casper, WY saw the biggest spike in Airbnb listings, with 3393% growth since 2016.

  • Hopkinsville, KY will see one of the longest totality periods (2:40), and is expecting 20,000 visitors.

  • Airbnb guests are traveling from 26 countries outside of the US.

  • The eclipse will be last visible in McClellanville, SC before passing into the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 2:49 PM local time.

 
 
 
 
 

Illustrator: Mark Conlan
Writer: Annie Gaus