by Mark Albert
People in the United States are just hours away from witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime eclipse.
And airlines, hotel chains, merchants and even the post office are launching deals to coincide with the Great American Total Solar Eclipse set to begin mid-morning on Monday.
‘We Expect Gridlock’
Already some small towns along the path of totality expect “some craziness” and full hotels, Driggs, Idaho, mayor Hyrum Johnson told Reuters recently.
Johnson’s town, population 1,600, is expecting upwards of 100,000 visitors for the eclipse.
“We expect gridlock,” he said.
The state’s governor will even activate the National Guard and deploy 150 soldiers and airmen to “help deal with the influx of tourists,” the Associated Press reported.
In Casper, Wyoming, Casper the Mattress company is setting up “Camp Casper” with “luxurious” tents and bedding.
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Eclipse a Celestial Cash Cow
Amtrak is holding an eclipse sale on tickets to its stations that will afford the best viewing along its routes.
Children ride for 50% off.
Here’s a full list of year-round Amtrak discounts.
The United States Post Office is now selling special Total Eclipse of the Sun stamps to mark the occasion.
It’s the first USPS stamp to use “thermochromic ink,” which reacts to human touch.
Place your finger on the stamp, USPS says, and it will change the ink from black to clear “to reveal an underlying image of the moon.”
The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum is holding solar eclipse events, including an observation party at its locations along the National Mall, near Washington Dulles International Airport at the National Zoo, online and at the National Archives.
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