Counties and towns along the North Carolina border expect a tourism boost from next month’s solar eclipse. The Aug. 21 eclipse will be total in extreme north Georgia, and the chance to view such a rare sight is expected to bring both day visitors and those staying overnight.

Around Blairsville, lodging will be scarce the night before the eclipse. Regina Allison, president of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, said rental cabins are fully booked, and most hotels are sold out as well.

“We are expecting both day and overnight visitors to come up and see the eclipse,” she said. The town is hosting a major festival the weekend before the eclipse, and many of those visitors will stay an extra day. 

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