explore the world without leaving your home
While it’s not quite the same as seeing, say, the Mona Lisa or Christ the Redeemer in person, some of the world’s most popular and remote destinations have created libraries of online images and video, as well as 360 degree virtual tours that let you stroll remotely through galleries and even national parks.
Here a just a few of the digital tours that let you wander the world from wherever you may be social distancing.
See the seven wonders of the world
If there’s anything capable of whetting your appetite for world travel, it is the new seven wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China, the ancient city of Petra, the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer, and Chichen Itza. Thankfully there are impressive virtual tours of each from The New York Times, AirPano, Google, and Panoramas.
With modern technology, you can even see the last standing wonder of the ancient world—The Pyramids of Giza. There are a few other wonders that might not make it into to the top seven but are still worth a digital peek, like the Alhambra, Seville’s La Giralda, and even Easter Island.
Spend a day at the museum
In recent years, Google has partnered with over 2,5000 art museums to upload high-resolution versions of millions of pieces of art. Highlights include New York’s MoMA, DC’s National Gallery of Art, Chicago’s Art Institute, the Casa Battló, and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum to name a few.
In addition, The Louvre offers a virtual tour, as do The Vatican Museums, many of the Smithsonian Museums, the Russian Museum, the top-rated British Museum, the Minneapolis Museum of Russian Art, and the Palace Museum in Beijing.
You may not be able to kiss the Blarney Stone right now, but you can tour the Blarney Castle from afar. You can also visit the Museum of Flight, the Museum of Science, the Museum of Natural History, the National Women’s History Museum and Boston’s History of Science Museum.
While museums are often an inherently visual experience, there’s a lot to be learned from archives of past lectures and tours like the ones preserved online by Nashville’s Frist Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Frick, and others.
Explore national parks
While travel to National Parks is best avoided for the time being, you don’t need to miss out on the scenery. Virtual Yosemite is absolutely stunning and one of the best, replete with audio. Both Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore offer virtual tours as well.