Certain parts of Nebraska will be the place to be on Aug. 21 during the upcoming solar eclipse.
Governor Pete Ricketts recently outlined the state’s plans ahead of the Great American Eclipse.  
A total solar eclipse, a rare event, will be visible across Nebraska and is predicted to bring as many as half a million visitors to the state to see the rare occurrence.  
For a short period of time, the moon will block out the sun’s light, across approximately 468.4 miles of Nebraska, from the border with Wyoming to Falls City.  
Large crowds, long lines, and heavy traffic are expected at eclipse events in the path of totality across the state.
“We are excited to welcome visitors from around the globe to beautiful Nebraska to witness this rare phenomenon as it crosses our great state,” said Governor Ricketts.
 “The wide open spaces of Nebraska offer great viewing locations,” he said. “We invite visitors to come to Nebraska and make a weekend of the event by visiting communities across the state which are hosting great events.  Ahead of this weekend, we are also encouraging Nebraskans to prepare for heavy travel across the state, and to make their eclipse viewing or regular work plans accordingly.”
According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, people should make plans early to determine where they will view the eclipse, where they will stay, and how best to avoid the extra traffic congestion.
“As Nebraska is a prime viewing location, we all anticipate large crowds, which may cause heavy traffic on Nebraska interstates and highways the day of the solar eclipse.  As many local communities have planned weekend events, large crowds may be possible over the weekend leading up to the actual day of the eclipse,” said DOT Director Kyle Schneweis.  
“If you are interested in seeing the eclipse, we recommend planning well in advance so you can avoid the anticipated traffic,” said Schneweis.
The Nebraska DOT offers these driving safety tips for the day of the solar eclipse:

Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
Exit the highway to a safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
Don’t take photographs while driving.
Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
Manually turn your headlights on -- do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out the sun.
Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
Prepare for extra congestion, especially on interstates in the eclipse’s path, the day before, day of, and day after the eclipse.
Check traffic conditions on www.511.nebraska.gov or through the Nebraska 511 app available for Android and Apple devices.
For information on the eclipse, including how to view it with proper safety glasses or other techniques, visit the NASA website at http:// eclipse2017.nasa.gov.