ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) - Thousands of people traveled south the night before the total solar eclipse. Hotels booked up fast in South Carolina, including as far north as Rock Hill Sunday.
It was not everyone's first choice destination, but Rock Hill became a popular stopping point for travelers.
"We tried to get in Columbia, but there were no hotels so Rock Hill was the closest," Debbie Quesenberry said.
"It was the only hotel we could find," Elissa Fowler said. "The hotels were booked everywhere."
Many plan to drive an extra hour or more south Monday morning before the spectacle. Some people just planned the trip a few weeks ago. "I figured the girls needed to get their once-in-a-lifetime experience," Fowler said.
While other people have been waiting years, and even decades to see the meteorological phenomenon. "Pretty much my whole life," David Gayle said. "I said if I ever get a chance in America, I would do this."
"My dad has been waiting 5 years to see it," Quesenberry said.
Hotel management on Galleria Boulevard were pleased when their hotels started booking up a few weeks ago. They say it is rare to have a full house on a Sunday night.
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