OK, so we are stuck inside for a while, but it does not mean that you can’t explore. Either new places or ones you have visited before. Virtual escapism is open to everyone with an internet connection.
Some of the world’s leading national parks, landscapes, cities are all just a few clicks away. We have pulled some virtual destinations together so you can fulfil your wandering passion.
Firstly take a digital hike, so to speak, just head on over to Google Earth and you’ll see a list of the parks with tours available. Simply click on any you want to see, and you’ll be whisked away to see a series of interactive photos and views of its most breath-taking trails and views. Start with places you have been and then start to look for somewhere new.
A few specific virtual destinations are below but you may need Flash player to view them- it’s easy to download for free just google it.
Climb the Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
One of the most imposing sites in the USA is the Grand Tetons. On this site you get to e-climb with Grand Teton National Park, making your way to the 13,770-ft summit (without much the effort and no chance of falling). Viewers can also discover the geology and history of the Grand Teton massif.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Possible one of the most famous destinations in the world but there is a great virtual archaeological tour, which I wish I had done before my last visit. This allows travellers to explore and learn more about the history behind the canyon’s formation by clicking on different geological features.
Yosemite National Park, California
If you have not been to Yosemite national Park, then you need to do this the experience it is in real time by clicking through to its webcams. The views include Yosemite Falls, the view of the Half Dome from the floor of Yosemite Valley, and view from the High.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park has stepped it up a little with both visual and sound. The site allows virtual visitors to use their ears rather than their eyes, with an online “sound library” that features birds and wildlife found in the park.
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New York and Central Park before the shutdown,
New York is getting smashed right now with the virus, but NYC’s park centrepiece is available to tour online. Not only does it show you the sites, it also comes with a guide who talks you through significant events in Central Park’s history as you “travel” from the West 72nd entrance.
Somewhere a bit different Lapland the Ice hotel
For those suffering wanderlust loss here is the chance to virtually travel to the Ice hotel in Swedish Lapland. The 360-degree videos allow viewers to visit the local wilderness, there are reindeer and huskies you can even go on a dogsled ride meet local huskies you can even join a Northern Lights hunt.
Walking through history Jerusalem, Israel
There is now a tour that takes you around Jerusalem’s. The videos have a voiceover tour guide giving loads of information on the city’s holiest places, while 360-degree functionality makes it feel more like you’re just exploring on your own.
Whatever destination takes your fancy remember you won’t be on lock down forever so take advantage of discovering new places and planning for the future and virtual touring is a great way to start.