Travel the World from the Comfort of Your Couch
Virtual travel offers a momentary escape from stress and a world of delights for the eye and the mind.
So now, we count the days, the hours, the minutes… We count the number of times we’ve seen that one particular commercial. And we count how many times Netflix asks,” Are you still watching?” Of course we are, you adorable little algorithmic spy. We just had to run and grab the popcorn, the ice cream, the peanut butter, the Doritos and a Diet Coke. All good. Don’t you dare judge me.
Anyway, the point here is that we all want to be good, little self-isolators.
The problem – It’s pretty difficult once you get past, like the third hour. Add kids to the mix and this whole thing becomes damn near impossible.
The solution (well, at least for some of the time) – Pause The Irishman. Don’t worry. No matter how far you’ve gotten in, there’s still about three hours left. You’re good. Find your quiet place. Put on your favorite playlist and explore the world.
That’s right…the world. For those looking to break from the mind-warping hypnosis of a solid TV binge, or their 47th consecutive loss in Monopoly, we’ve put together a list of some really cool interactive, insightful virtual travel. Grab your laptop. Hunker down at the home computer, or sneak your iPad into the couch fort and lose yourself on these cool sites.
Discover the Inspiring Splendor of America’s National Parks
Get lost in some of our country’s most incredible locations. From the icy reaches of remote Alaska to the crystal blue Gulf of Mexico, you can see it all. It’s also nice to have the help of a few trusty park rangers along the way.
Tour National Parks
Galivanting Across Glaciers
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Encounter humpback whales, calving ice walls and so much more in this spectacular tour of America’s frozen wilderness.
Don’t Melt Your Crocs
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Get a good look the legendary (and active) Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes in this scenic jaunt through an island paradise.
The Cave of All Caves
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Head to the high desert cliffs of southern New Mexico. Tour the iconic caves below, and witness the splendor of millions of years of natural erosion.
Check Out Those Hoodoos
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Trace the Milky Way across the night sky with your naked eye, and stand beneath the legendary Thor’s Hammer in this rocky Utah landscape.
That’s a lot of Bricks
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
You’ll never see such a blue as the one surrounding this most isolated Civil War fort archipelago 70 miles off the coast of the Florida Keys.
Suddenly, I feel Small
Yosemite National Park, California
Towering sequoias and monumental granite cliffs make up the stunning and somewhat existentially terrifying vistas at this California icon.
Explore the World’s Most Iconic Sights
Sure, international travel right now is kind of a no no. But nobody said you couldn’t dream. And when you dream, you can fly… Obviously, we’ve been quarantined a little too long. Don’t lose your mind. Lose yourself in awe-inspiring architecture from around the world. Zoom in on the eyes of creepy gothic gargoyles and get a brief look at what it was like to be a spoiled French royal.
Tour the World
An Architectural Marvel
It’s easy to get carried away touring this masterpiece. You can spend hours zooming in on the ornate details alone.
The Center of it All
Milan Cathedral, Italy
Italy’s oldest church offers spectacular views into the height of 14th century European craftsmanship.
Symmetry at its Finest
Tower Bridge, London
Get a good look at one of the most iconic bridges in the world and when you’re done, look up some of the legends surrounding it.
The Tallest (most Famous) Structure in Paris
The Eiffel Tower, France
Take a walk around the top deck of this most photogenic feature of the city of lights. Be careful. It often inspires people to propose.
The Last of the Marble Giants
Temple of Hercules, Italy
This crumbling structure takes you on a journey back to the 6th century. Intricate architectural details can still be seen upon close inspection.
A spiritual Feast for the Eyes
Prambanan Temple, Indonesia
Step inside this 9th century shrine to venerated Hindu deities. Look closely at incredibly intricate scenes carved into the stone.
It was Aliens
Stonehenge, United Kingdom
This one speaks for itself. Have a look for possibly unseen clues to break this legendary formation’s mysterious case wide open.
The Height of Vanity
Hall of Mirrors, France
It just doesn’t get any fancier than a tour of this royal French palace and one of its most notable corridors.
A Three-Faced Giant
Elephant Caves, India
Take a slow tour of this ancient memorial site dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva. Stop along the way for a deeper look at the ornate sculpture work.
Kiss the Blarney Stone
Blarney Castle, Ireland
Enjoy an intimate tour of this legendary Irish castle. And see if you can find the most famous stone in the world.
How Much Time Ya’ Got?
Other amazing sights from around the world
Now that your engaged and maybe a bit obsessed, go ahead and dive right in to thousands of amazing sites from around this beautiful world.
And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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