Jimmy Settle , USA TODAY NETWORK Tennessee Published 6:32 a.m. CT March 31, 2017 | Updated 54 minutes ago
On August 21, 2017 at 1:25 p.m., Clarksville will witness the latest solar eclipse to cross the entire continental U.S. in 99 years. Anyssa Roberts | USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee
The path of the solar eclipse that will slice across the United States on Aug. 21st is seen on promotional material from American Paper Optics as part of the company's marketing campaign to sell glasses that are used for looking directly at the eclipse.(Photo: Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal)
The total eclipse coming in August has regional tourism skyrocketing, with many hotels already booked from southern Kentucky to Nashville.
Clarksville, Tenn., andHopkinsville, Ky., lie along the direct path of therare, total solar eclipse set for 1:25p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.
Nashville, the largest U.S. city in the eclipse's path,is also getting ready for the event which, at its height, will last a little over two minutes. All of these cities can thank their lucky stars or at least the sun andmoon as the tourism dollars roll in.
Hotels in Nashville are starting to heavily pre-book.
"As of March 25, were at 54 percentoccupancy ...