MADRAS, OREGON – For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States when the moon passes in front of the sun on Aug. 21 and people are flocking to Madras, Oregon for the best chances to see this event.

Here are two of the top ways to view this incredible event while beating the expected crowds estimated to be close to one million in Oregon alone:

#1 Book a Champagne Helicopter Basecamp. For those who want to have it all Big Mountain Heli Tours in Bend offer ten uniquely private and remote “Dom Perignon Helicopter Champagne” base camp locations in the high desert overlooking Lake Billy Chinook and the snowcapped Cascade range. These sites have been carefully selected to capture this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse event in privacy and style. Their unique helicopter opportunity picks up clients from the Bend airport and the Solarfest grounds and shuttles them to their prepositioned remote high desert locations along the line of totality!

Enjoy Dom Perignon Champagne, Bend’s own Bow Tie Catering gourmet basket, tables and chairs, eclipse-viewing eyewear, and a front row seat to the greatest celestial event in Central Oregon in over four decades. After the event they will bring you and your lucky guests back with a vacation memory that will last a lifetime!

#2 Charter a Private Jet. From the ground the sensation of seeing a solar eclipse is akin to be eaten by a whale. At 32,000 feet in a private luxury jet you get to see the entire whale!In the luxury world of eclipse watchers, jet based fans of eclipses are known as “umbraphiles” named after the umbra, the dark shadow cone of the moon that rapidly sweeps across the surface of the Earth. While most ground based observers only experience darkness and the sun in corona jet based observers see the entire shadow as it races across the ground at 17,000 miles per hour.

Oregon is officially in countdown mode, as the total solar eclipse is now less than 100 days away. The eclipse is set to be the first significant one in the U.S. since 1970 as it is expected to be visible across a 70-mile band that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. Where will you be?