A total solar eclipse will travel across the United States on 21 August 2017. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the contiguous 48 states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since 1980, and the first one in these states with decent viewing conditions since 1970. More information here: http://www.eclipse2017.org/xavier_redirect.htm
This eclipse offers a great chance for a NG meet, and for photographing in a group where everyone knows the basics and people can look out for each other (and their equipment) against the distractions of the curious, the clumsy, or worse. Furthermore, having traveled all the way to the narrow band of a total eclipse, some may then want to spend additional time touring and photographing nearby areas after the frenzy is over.
At this time interest is just starting to build, and we have not yet seen the tsunami of publicity that's sure to happen in the U.S. at some point well before the eclipse. However, those in the know are already making preparations, and I recently read that all lodging has already been reserved in at least one small city. I expect lodging, recreational vehicles, etc. to be totally booked well in advance.
Totality will cross the Pacific coastline in the state of Oregon at 1015 local time (Pacific Daylight Time = UTC-7) at Newport, Oregon. It then races across northern Oregon and southern Idaho, right across the middles of Wyoming and Nebraska, and onward across Missouri and several other states before entering the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina at 1449 Eastern Time (UTC - 4). The duration of totality will range from about 2 minutes to 2 minutes 40 seconds.
As far as a viewing location goes, both seasonal and daily weather patterns should be considered. I skimped on the description of the eastern half of the path in the U.S. because of greater risk of rain and generally hazy conditions in August. But even in the West, August can a good time for thunderstorms. On the other hand, the climate west of the Cascade Range in Oregon averages much cloudier in August than points farther east. In addition, early in the day is better for avoiding cloud buildup and thunderstorms under typical summer conditions in the western U.S., so farther west is good.
All these considerations point to central and eastern Oregon as being perhaps the best location. The time will be earlier in the day, plus it's the farthest-west area that's east of the Cascade Range so the weather outlook is relatively favorable. One might hope to photograph the eclipse in a beautiful setting, but it will be relatively high in the sky - 42 degrees in eastern Oregon and higher at points east - so this is less of a consideration. Valley locations offer the advantage of less risk of clouds in thunderstorm weather. One other concern is adaptability; there is always the possibility of a last-minute weather problem that could force a change in viewing location, perhaps by 200 km or more.
Central and eastern Oregon is mostly steppe with forested mountains rising here and there. Populations are low but the area is subject to recreational invasions from the larger population of western Oregon. For those who might want to stay in the area afterwards, there is the nature-oriented High Desert Museum in Bend, the nearby lakes, forests, and volcanoes in the Cascade Range, and Crater Lake National Park. Flights would be through Portland, Oregon (NOT to be confused with Portland, Maine which is 4000 km to the east and nowhere near the eclipse). Portland is a small but cosmopolitan city and quite pleasant, but will miss totality.
As for me, there are a couple of things to mention. I 've been rather inactive in photography for a couple of years, but personal circumstances have changed in a favorable direction so this will change as well. A couple of years ago I put a lot of effort into planning out how to photograph the eclipse, including formulating grandiose plans I couldn't possibly have executed for photographing in three focal lengths times three frequency bands (UV/vis/IR). I plan to move forward with much more modest plans and to put in some time practicing so I'm ready. I also may wish to collaborate with an astronomical group when the time comes, depending on the feasibility of arrangements, equipment borrowing, etc.
At this time my plan is to to rent a recreational vehicle, drive north to the eclipse path (I'm in California), and camp at a predetermined location, preferably with like-minded others to collaborate with. Depending on the level of interest, people may want something more formalized than that, and perhaps may have other ideas on where to observe the eclipse. However, any reservations for lodging would need to be made very soon.