Today's Guest Writer: Lauren David on "Top 10 Virtual Tours Right Now"

05.23.2020

PHOTO CREDIT:  Rodolfo Pimentel courtesy of Lauren David

 

Today's guest writer is Lauren David.  Lauren is a freelance writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes about food, gardening, travel, and lifestyle. Her work has been featured in Huffpost Personal, Greatist, Trivago Magazine and more.  You can find a collection of her work on her website:  www.laurendavid.net.

 

Top 10 Virtual Tours Right Now

by Lauren David

 

Traveling to faraway destinations is on hold as many states are shelter-in-place as well as abroad. We may have to postpone our vacation until further notice but in the meantime we can travel from the comfort of our home. Now is the time to take a virtual tour to different locations in the world, learn a bit of history and get up-close views to 360 degree perspectives that you may not even get if you were there in person.

 

Exploring a famous landmark, museum or national park while chilling on the sofa can be a great way to disconnect from what’s going on in your day-to-day, while also serving as inspiration for where to go when we can set off again. Take a virtual tour and start dreaming of where you’d like to go when the world opens again to tourism. 

 

Kenai Fjords National Park

Alaska, USA

Link to Tour:  https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/kenai-fjords/exit-glacier-tour

In the mood to go to a colder destination without actually braving the cold?  Join a National Park ranger who will guide you through the wilderness and glaciers of the Kenai Fjords.  You’ll visit parts of the park that aren’t open to the public— a bonus for taking the online tour. 

 

Dry Tortuga National Park

Florida, USA

Link to Tour:  https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/dry-tortugas/near-little-africa-tour

Visit Fort Jefferson from the Civil War and then deep sea dive with a ranger to check out shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs. Touring virtually gives you an experience that is typically not available in person.

 

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i, USA

Link to Tour:  https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/dry-tortugas/near-little-africa-tour

The beauty of this virtual tour is you get to go inside a lava tube. You’ll also have a bird’s eye view flying overhead of an erupting volcano, which is not possible during an in-person visit. 

 

Yosemite National Park

California

Link to Tour:  https://www.virtualyosemite.org/

Yosemite might be one of the most well-known parks in the States and internationally with it’s impressive half dome, waterfalls and meadows. Summer months is peak time with hordes of tourists braving the same trails. You can choose different areas of the park to explore from the comfort of your home without obnoxious campers or too many people on the trails.

 

National Marine Sanctuary

American Samoa

Link to Tour:  https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/vr/#dive

Have you always wanted to dive Gray’s Reef or the coral reefs in American Samoa? Or does the deep sea make you nervous but you’re still curious what lurks below? Now is your chance to dive in without getting wet or donning a wetsuit and tank. 

 

Angkor Wat

Cambodia

Link to Tour:  https://www.virtualangkor.com/

Angkor Wat, often referred to as the City of Temples, is the biggest religious monument in the world. On this tour, you have the opportunity to roam around this magnificent place viewing sights and roads from different angles giving you an even better sense of the vastness of this site. 

 

Machu Picchu

Peru

Link to Tour:  https://www.youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the architectural wonders of the world, this tour highlights the Inca ruins that are more than 2400 meters above sea level. The best part is you’ll see the views and explore the ruins without the hiking or altitude sickness. Listen to an audio recording providing historical and architectural explanations. 

 

Buckingham Palace

England 

Link to Tour:  https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

If you ever fancied taking a tour of the famous palace and official residence of The Queen, now is your chance to get an insider’s view. The best part of this tour is: no lines or crowds.

 

Les Catacombes de Paris

France

Link to Tour:  http://catacombes.paris.fr/visite-virtuelle

If you want to see a different area of Paris, you’ll want to go underground to explore over 200 miles of tunnels with bones from the 18th century of six million Parisians. You can take your time as you wander and without the crowds! 

 

Vatican

Italy

Link to Tour:  http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

The Vatican has a selection of tours you can take, including taking a stroll through St. Peter's Basilica as well as admiring the masterful ceiling artwork by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Visiting from the comfort of your home means you get to go at your pace and admire the works of art without people bumping into you or annoying, loud conversations. 

 

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