5 Virtual Tours When You Need a Change of Scenery
Thanks to the internet, you can get a change of scenery and learn new things without leaving your living room. Here are some great virtual tours to help you explore the world.
1. Go on a digital hike
Whether you want to marvel at the Rocky Mountains, bask in the shade of redwoods, or sit on the edge of the Grand Canyon, Google Earth’s National Parks Tours has something for everyone. You can virtually explore 31 of the Unites States’ National Parks, including, Yosemite, Zion, Denali, Badlands, and Everglades.
If you want to take a deeper dive into some hidden gems, Google Arts & Culture offers guided tours of Hawaiian volcanoes, Alaskan glaciers, and many more beautiful sites to explore.
2. Check out a museum
Most major museums around the globe offer some kind of online experience, from full blown virtual tours to instructional live presentations. Here are a few popular tours, but if you’re looking for something local or niche, check out your favorite museum’s website to learn more about their virtual offerings.
- Le Musée du Louvre
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- British Museum
- The Getty
3. Visit a World Heritage Site
A World Heritage Site is a cultural, historical, scientific, or otherwise significant landmark protected by international treaties. The biggest tourist destinations in the world, like Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Pyramids of Giza, and the Roman Colosseum, are some of the 30 places you can explore through Google Earth’s Worth Heritage Site portal.
If you want to know more about some of these historic sites, National Geographic offers educational videos and up-close views you wouldn’t get in person. Here are some popular ones:
4. Hang out with some animals
Have kids at home? Many zoos and aquariums offer educational virtual tours, video series, and learning resources about all their favorite animals. Or if you just want to see what the penguins and polar bears are up to, you can check in on them via some popular live cams:
5. Take a virtual vacation
When things get stressful, most of us probably dream up the perfect vacation, but don’t always have the time or means to take one. It may not be as good as putting your toes in the sand, but you can look in on your favorite cities or dream destinations through EarthCam’s global webcams. From tropical destinations to small towns, there’s something for every traveler.
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