Many people who witness a total solar eclipse are at a loss for words to describe it. Those who have the words say it is magical, awe-inspiring, and even mind-blowing. The experience has been known to make a grown man cry.

Some who witness total solar eclipses choose not to photograph it, because they don’t want to be distracted by a camera and just want to take in the moment.

But, fortunately, enough fine photographers out there have graciously shared these photos on social media, so those of us who weren’t there can enjoy the experience vicariously. We have at least one photo from every state along the path of totality.

Follow the compilation below…

The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in almost 100 years moved across the U.S. at 2,000 mph on Aug. 21. Here are some highlights. (Erin Patrick O'Connor/The Washington Post)

From east to west across the nation

Columbia, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Greeleyville, South Carolina

Andrews, North Carolina

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Tennessee (Great Smoky Mountains)

Stones River National Park, Tennessee

Hermitage, Tennesee

Smyrna, Tennessee

Cookeville, Tennessee

Powderly, Kentucky

Carbondale, Illinois


Union, Missouri

Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Central Missouri

Western Nebraska

Green River Lake, Wyoming


Weiser, Idaho

Smith’s Ferry, Idaho


Salem, Oregon

Madras, Ore.

Eastern Oregon

People chasing the solar eclipse along the path of totality in Corvallis, Ore., were among some of the first Americans to see the total eclipse on Aug. 21. (The Washington Post)