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Going Stir Crazy In Quarantine? Then These Awesome Virtual Tours Will Help You Escape Without Ever Leaving Your House

Ok, so we’re all basically still under stay-at-home orders – meaning the rest of the world is pretty much off limits to us all right now. But thankfully we do have access to the World Wide Web, right?

Sure, there’s no shortage of TV shows to binge watch and virtual chat rooms to fill every one of our vacant moments – but why not take a little trip outside your home thanks to the help of some super cool tech? Basically everyone from your local state park to world-renowned museums has been able to provide virtual tours for anyone with high-speed internet to enjoy for a while now. 

So, give your mind and eyes something new and stimulating to feast on with these round-the-world virtual tours.

Take A Visit To Virtual Disneyland

OK, so yea it’s true. Disney announced that their parks would remain closed through the end of 2020. However, you can go on some of the rides virtually. So you might not get that ‘stomach in your throat, feel like I’m gonna throw up’ feeling from a virtual spin on Space Mountain but if you’re a Disney fan – this trip down memory lane is so worth it.

Revisit iconic rides like Space Mountain and Splash Mountain through the thrilling lense of a maverick visitor who broke the rules and recorded their whole ride.The real gems here are the slow, kid-friendly, and well-lit rides like It’s A Small World or Snow White’s Scary Adventure. We find that the closer they are to our childhood interests, the better they are to revisit.

Travel Back In Time On A Virtual Tour Of Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul

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Which Frida Kahlo fan hasn’t dreamed of visiting her Casa Azul in Mexico City? Now transformed into a museum, it is a must-visit spot in the Mexican capital and you can visit without even having change out of your PJs.

Yet again, the magic of Google brings the museum of your living room, bedroom, patio – where ever you wanna be.

Get Close And Personal With Animals From Around The World

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With what may be the most live cam options, the San Diego Zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting – oh my! The National Aquarium is also getting in on the virtual action. You can walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.

Fly With NASA Into Outer Space

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With the global pandemic having many of us thinking about our futures here on Earth, now is as good a a time as ever to think about life outside Earth. NASA launched a tour on desktop, but if you want to experience the tour in its greatest form, use a smartphone and download Google Expeditions for an augmented reality trip to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center.

But if you rather get into deep space then check out this 360 YouTube experience. And if you want colorful stars and planets, check out the Exoplanet Travel Bureau.

Take A Virtual Hike Through America’s Stunning National Parks

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Google has been super busy Gathering images and photos from basically every corner on Earth – and I’m not exaggerating. They’ve partnered with the National Park Service to follow park rangers through numerous national parks across the U.S – meaning you can hike in Alaska’s glaciers or Hawaii’s volcanoes.

For a Google-free walk among the trees, the National Parks Service has a very robust virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park: the park has nine webcams strewn about, one of which has a Livestream feed.

Check Out Digital Collections From Thousands Of Museums

Google Arts & Culture is a great resource for any art fan (with limited access to art with over 2,500 museums) and it’s especially handy for those of us under lockdown, unable to visit our favorite museum.

They’ve got collections everywhere from Mexico City’s ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration to Brazil’s Museu Nacional. So grab a drink, a sketchbook, and get ‘walking’ those museum halls.

Travel To Far-Off Lands To Inspire Your Future Real-World Travel Plans

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Major tourist attractions like Peru’s Machu Picchu, Brazil’s Christ The Redeemer statue, and Mexico’s Chichén Itzá are all accessible from in-depth online tours.

You can also take a virtual hike on the Great Wall of China or visit the the Pyramids of Giza.

Get A Virtual View Of Real Street Art

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Tons of groups have used Google Earth to create walking tours in every corner of the globe. For street art fans, Google Street View has been magic. These virtual walking tours are for art lovers, travel lovers, and for those who can’t exactly hit the pavement right now. This one from Bogota is especially cool.

Stalk The World With 24-Hour Live Streams

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Do you want to know what exactly is going on in Times Square, right this second? Wouldn’t it be nice to stream a panoramic view of Paris during the workday?

You can watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle in real-time. You can also watch over Time Square any time with this live feed or watch ships pass through the Panama Canal with this one.

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