Similar to the question @Droogans posed - "Annular Solar Eclipse - Adak Island, May 2012: Airfare help?", I'm also keen to see this eclipse. I originally thought it went over Vancouver, but it appears to be heading further south.
I've been perusing this page on all the cloud condition cover, and wondering really about anecdotal experience. I think I've got it down to the following:
somewhere on the NW coast for the sea-side view
Reno / Carson City
Grand Canyon area
Now, the way I want to decide is this. It comes down to four factors - visibility, cost, experience and distance.
Impressively, they seem to increase in cost AND experience as you go down the list. However, visibility is the most important to me - I want the best chance of seeing it. Reno doesn't seem to have much that appeals - all I know about it is the gambling side, and that it's not that far from Heavenly Ski resort where I was once offered a job ;) Grand Canyon - which I was considering for a trip anyway, offers pretty good chance of no cloud, but it's a long way and will obviously cost more than a city break to Oregon.
Based on my criteria above - what recommendations would one suggest for this?