2017 Total Solar Eclipse T-shirt The Nebraska Sandhills were recently named the #4 spot in the nation for experiencing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com!

The skies of the great Nebraska Sandhills will be the perfect location to experience the 21 August, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Festival viewing sites are being planned in the communities of Tryon and Stapleton, where the umbral shadow will make almost a direct hit, experiencing two minutes and 34 seconds of totality. North Platte itself is in a good position to see a lot of the eclipse (a minute and forty seconds at 12:54pm CDT). Starting at about mile marker 152 (between Paxton and Village of Sutherland), the Interstate 80 will be in the path of totality all the way to Lincoln – a distance of 251 miles.

With a 74% probability of favorable viewing conditions, combined with big, dark skies, great western culture and hospitality to experience, and easily accessible highways, the Nebraska Sandhills should be your choice in 2017.

Find out more about experience the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse in the North Platte area by visiting our website http://2017nebraskaeclipse.com/

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Eagle viewing has returned to the area as many Bald Eagles choose to overwinter in the Platte River Valley. Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District's Eagle-viewing facilities are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Dec. 26, 2015 at the J-2 Hydroplant south of Lexington on Johnson Lake and beginning Jan. 2, 2016 at the Ogallala Facility east of Lake McConaughay.

Locally, North Platte's Cody Park is a wonderful eagle viewing facility, and eagles can be seen in great numbers around the Sutherland Reservoir. The Sutherland Oregon Trail Golf Course and Campground and the Hershey Beach/Outlet area are popular with the birds.