Recently, traveling has come to a near standstill due to social distancing; nevertheless, destinations continue to innovate through these restrictions allowing us opportunities to travel the world with the press of a button! While all large gatherings and events are being postponed, there are still some clever ways to help provide entertainment for those self-quarantining. Some of the world’s finest museums, historical sites, and national parks are providing a signature experience by offering virtual tours to anyone in the comfort of their own home.
No need to worry about battling off the crowds while trying to get a closer look at the Mona Lisa. The world’s most visited museum has recently presented a virtual tour for all of the travelers that are unable to leave their homes. Visitors to The Louvre can dive deep into the museum’s archives and tour the Egyptian antiquities collection, remains of the Louvre’s moat, or even the Galerie d’Apollon.
The Great Wall of China
Chinas most famous attraction has recently offered virtual tours of some of its most visited sections along its 3,000-mile wall. Virtual explorers not only get to experience the magnificent architecture of this 2000-year-old marvel but are also provided with education about the history, heritage, protection, and conservation efforts made for these landmarks.
Disney is bringing its magic of the mouse right to you. Administered through its YouTube channel, visitors can see everything from virtual them park rides to 360-degree street panoramas. Are you interested in seeing exclusive scenes from the theme park capital of the World? Disney World’s website provides plenty of online virtual thrills for you to experience.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Take a self-guided, room-by-room journey around the Smithsonian National Museum exhibits as virtual tours are now provided online through its website. The current exhibits opened include the Butterfly Pavilion, the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils, as well as any past exhibits such as the last American Dinosaurs, the Universe, and DNA and genomics.
Yellowstone Natural Park
While national parks are known for their stunning views and historical landmarks, Yellowstone holds some of the most iconic sights in the nation. The virtual tour takes visitors through the first national park, showcasing Wyoming’s most admired sites, including its canyons, geysers, and the most famous being Old Faithful. Experience the beauty without having to leave your home!
San Diego Zoo
The most famous zoo in the U.S., known for its open-air and cageless natural habitats, is the San Diego Zoo, which is allowing viewers to virtually visit their favorite zoo animals in their recreated ecosystems. The zoo has begun live streaming many of its animals such as koalas, baboons, penguins, and others that call the zoo home.