Experts are doing everything they can to urge people to stay home and practice social distancing, and at least they’re making it a bit easier. Schools, restaurants, gyms, and other places where a number of people come together have temporarily closed in the name of public health to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In response, many sites and tourist attractions have moved online, like these museums offering virtual tours. Even the Met Opera in New York is out there to keep you entertained. But if that’s not your thing, we’ve got some ideas about how to keep busy on Netflix.
If you miss being out in the open, national parks in the US have some virtual tours online, thanks to the Internet. It’s a fun way to keep entertained and connected to the outside world while spending more time at home. Nature enthusiasts can bring the outdoors inside with these realistic virtual tours of national parks around the states, from Florida to Alaska, right there to your couch -- or bed.
GRAND CANYON, ARIZONAvia National Geographic
One of the world's seven natural wonders. You’ve surely seen plenty of pictures of the famous canyon online, but you can now dig a little deeper into the site with a virtual archaeological tour of where the Colorado river runs through the famous park. Click here to virtually visit the Grand Canyon.
CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITYvia Matador Network
New York's centerpiece is also available for an online visit. This tour shows the sites and it comes with a guide that talks you through all the significant events that have happened throughout the park's history as you 'walk' through the park. Click here to virtually visit Central Park.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIAvia Tripsavvy
The jaw-dropping UNESO World Heritage Site. Explore this natural wonder and take a virtual hike through the Yosemite famous waterfalls. The tour also includes the view of the Half Dome from the floor of the Yosemite Valley and vistas from the High Sierra. Click here to virtually visit Yosemite National Park.
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMINGvia Fliggy
This park is a sight to behold -- even just virtually. Grand Teton is framed by about twelve glacier-carved summits, making up for a breathtaking view from the valley floor and even more impressive views along the trail. This place is well worth a hike, even if it's a virtual one for now. Click here to virtually visit Grand Teton.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADOvia Trekaroo
The Colorado park is known for its stunning mountain trails. The best thing about this tour is that they're allowing us to enjoy the site with two senses. You don't just watch the waterfalls, you can also use your ears to listen to nature through the online sound library that features an array of birds and wildlife that are found in the park. Click here to virtually visit Rocky Mountain.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIAvia The Outbound
The ocean getaway you definitely need right now, even if through a screen. The park is made up of five islands off the coast of California and it's definitely one of the off-the-beaten-path national parks in the US. Rich in unique flora and fauna, the islands are home to 145 plant and animal species that are found nowhere else in the world -- that's why it's nicknamed ‘California’s Galapagos.’ Click here to virtually visit Channel Islands.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKAvia Wikimedia
House to Denali Mountain, the highest peak in North America, the site is celebrated as an icon. You can transport yourself to Alaska for a digital walking tour through the raw wilderness of Denali National Park. In real life, you can peer at grizzly bear, moose, or even wolves, but virtually, you can just marvel at the beauty of nature through the screen. Click here to virtually visit Denali National Park.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANAvia Pink Caddy Travelogue
The picturesque views of Glacier National Park will evoke a sense of calm amid all the uncertainty of reality -- even through a screen. The park is part of Montana's Rocky Mountains and it's been protected ever since 1910. It ranks with Yosemite and the Grand Canyon among the United States' most astounding natural wonders. Click here to virtually visit Glacier.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMINGvia Unsplash
The sights of Yellowstone are so fantastic that when the first white person to visit described what was there, he was roundly criticized as delirious or possibly a liar. To this day, we can't even believe that such wondrous place exists in the world. You can enjoy the incredible views of Yellowstone National Park's famous hot springs and geysers from home. Click here to virtually visit Yellowstone.