Planning on watching the eclipse? Of course! Here’s a list of places that will be perfect for watching the action that starts about 10:00 am on August 21st, 2017. It’s going to be easy to see the solar eclipse; it’ll be visible from the entire Bay Area, unless there are clouds, of course. It won’t appear as a total eclipse from Mountain View, just a partial. In order to see a total solar eclipse, you need to be in the “path of the totality.” The closest place would be Oregon.
I thought it would be nice to put together a list of places that you might want to hang out for a while. Some of these places would be perfect to bring your favorite beach chairs and a thermos of coffee.
Shoreline Park, Cuesta Park, Eagle Park, Pioneer Park, or the Stanford Dish, if you want to get some steps in. Michael’s at Shoreline has outdoor seating, as well as Shoreline Lake American Bistro. Dinah’s Poolside Cafe would also be nice place for a poolside viewing party.
Anyplace along the Stevens Creek Trail (here’s a trail map), towards the park, the kite-flying area, the golf course, would be great eclipse watching area. Another idea is to visit Filoli on the day of the eclipse. It is a spectacular setting.
It might be a good day to drive over to Half Moon Bay and watch from the beach. If you don’t already have a favorite beach, here’s a list of the “Best 10 Beaches in Half Moon Bay.” Plan ahead so you don’t end up stuck in traffic during the eclipse. The Vista Point off northbound 280 is gorgeous. I just stopped at it for the first time last week. There isn’t much room for parking, but it’s a spectacular view of the peninsula.
There are plenty of free, wide open spaces and fields, like schools, sports fields, trails, and open space preserves. Lots of people will be able to see the whole show from their own backyard or apartment/condo pool area, or rooftop garden area from downtown employers.
There’s a ton of information about the eclipse online, but NASA is the first place I would check. They’ll have live video streaming for anyone who can’t see it in person, and plenty of safety, science and eclipse activities for everyone.
How could you not be excited about August 21st? Can’t wait to see all the amazing photos that will be shared on social media. Please use the hashtag #ILoveMV to share your images! Enjoy your eclipse viewing party!