Although travel plans have been put on hold, there are still ways to explore the vast, full world. Many destinations around the globe have begun offering virtual tours and other ways to take a digital vacation. Anyone can see the sights from the comfort and safety of their own home. Here is a list of just a few of the adventures that await a click away.
Virtual Museum Tours with Google Arts & Culture
With Google Arts & Culture, museums around the world are still open virtually even though their doors may be closed to the public. Some highlights include the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico. Many of the best-known world museums are accessible through the Arts & Culture site.
Guided Museum Experiences
For those who prefer a guided tour, explore one of the museums that have made those available online. The Mob Museum in Las Vegas has a three-part guided tour through its exhibits. From Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel to the Russian Mafia and the modern wildlife trafficking industry, this museum is a must-see for mob movie buffs and true crime aficionados. The Canadian Museum of Human Rights has a series of short tours that explore the museum’s architecture and its galleries about indigenous culture.
Live-Feed Webcams and Virtual Safaris
Several live-feed webcams around the world let people escape into the great outdoors. WildEarth hosts daily live safaris. The rangers explore South Africa’s Djuma Private Game Reserve and &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve. See zebras, water buffalos, lions, hyenas, elephants, and more! For a more relaxed experience, hop over to the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum Harbor webcam. This 24-hour live stream, located on the museum’s scenic roof walk, allows viewers to watch the island’s ferries come in and out of the picturesque New England Harbor.
Explore the Globe with Google Earth
Google Earth is offering virtual reality tours of 30 iconic World Heritage Sites. Get up close and personal with the Sphinx of Giza, the Taj Mahal, and more. Google Earth’s 3D virtual tours can be viewed on any device. There are also 31 tours of U.S. National Parks. Take a virtual hike through Acadia, Badlands, or the Great Smoky Mountains. This is a rare opportunity to see the famous natural landmarks without large crowds.