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Miami – A Luxurious Heaven for Tourists

Miami – A Luxurious Heaven for Tourists
An emerging U.S. capital of cool, Miami, is one of the world’s greatest places in 2022. Earlier in May, Miami Grand Prix drew a spectacular cross-section of celebrities and VIPs to attend the Formula One. According to ESPN, “the city felt like the center of the sporting universe.”

Espanola Way is located in the city’s Art Deco District, the area was modeled after the Mediterranean villages of Spain and France. Miami Beach, Florida, USA

A new outdoor park, The Underline, is opening in phases through 2025 on the city’s Riverfront to let the people soak in the sun. Brickell Backyard, at a half-mile distance from the bike paths and public spaces (like live music and yoga) under the Miami Metrorail. This Metrorail is designed with utter perfection and has won the Architizer’s A+ Award for Architecture and Urban Transformation.

Then, in the past several months, there has been a stream of hotel openings, including the lively Moxy Miami South Beach and the Element by Westin in Brickell. Also, the openings of AC Hotel by Marriott (a rooftop pool and a fitness center are shared by both), the Hilton presented Art Deco Gabriel South Beach, Curio Collection; it is powered entirely by renewable energy, and the list continues.

Esme Hotel, with its village of bars and restaurants on the Espanola Way, rounded out the city’s opening for visitors in search of luxury playfulness. The opening of the Uma House, South Beach, close to the convention center, was another lavish gathering, equally attracting visitors and locals.

 

Aerial view of Miami South Beach, Florida, USA

The opening of Atwell Suites, Miami Brickell, YOTEL Miami, and Life House, South of Fifth, all hit the city in several previous months and have been a great source of luxury entertainment for travelers and residents. All these openings have made the city so busy and undoubtedly have added to the charm and popularity of Miami.

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All About the First Images from NASA’s Webb Telescope – The Galaxy, The Stars, and More…

All About the First Images from NASA’s Webb Telescope – The Galaxy, The Stars, and More…

The James Webb Telescope. Space Observatory for the Study of the Universe and exploration of deep space. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

The space station released a cluster of five far-off galaxies and three full-color shots of the unseen nebula recently, which left everyone amazed.

Launched in December 2021, the James Webb telescope now amazes us with the magical views of the first full-color captured images by the infrared space observatory. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has given us an actual glance into the universe’s complications and secrets with the images of distant galaxies and cosmic phenomena.

Carina Nebula, located about 7600 light years away, is a complex region of dark and bright nebulosity in the constellation Carina. Its incredible view was featured in one of the first photos released by NASA. James Webb’s 3-D picture, Called the Cosmic Cliffs, seems like craggy mountains on an evening sparkled with moon glow. According to NASA’s statement, the cliff is the edge of the massive, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324. The tallest “peaks” in this photograph are nearly seven light-years high.

The Carina Nebula one- of the largest an brightest Nebulae in the sky located 7600 light years from Earth

The image depicts emerging stellar nurseries and individual stars that were previously unrevealed and cannot be seen in visible light images. NASA writes, “Because of Webb’s sensitivity to infrared light, it can peer through cosmic dust to see these objects.” The star formation process will be brought to light by the observations made based on Carina Nebula’s image.

The image of the Southern Ring is another astonishing photo released by the space station. It is a planetary nebula – a sparkling and expanding gas shell ejected from dying stars. According to NASA, “Webb’s powerful infrared view brings this nebula’s second star into full view, along with exceptional structures created as the stars shape the gas and dust around them.”

Galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Lastly, the massive image of Stephan’s Quintet visual, sent by the James Webb Telescope, is a complex of five galaxies. According to the space station, these galaxies are well known for their appearance in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We can explore four of the five galaxies bound in a gravitational motion. NASA states, “Webb’s new image shows in rare detail how interacting galaxies trigger star formation in each other and how gas in galaxies is being disturbed.”

Another astonishing thing about Stephan’s Quintet’s image is that it is the largest image captured by the telescope and coves about 1/5th of the moon’s diameter. “It contains over 150 million pixels and is constructed from almost 1,000 separate image files,” NASA states. “The information from Webb provides new insights into how galactic interactions may have driven galaxy evolution in the early universe.”

A group of five galaxies that appear close to each other in the sky: two in the middle, one toward the top, one to the upper left, and one toward the bottom. NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI

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These are the Companies that will Bear Travel Expenses for Employee Abortions

These are the Companies that will Bear Travel Expenses for Employee Abortions

Quite a few companies have resolved to help their employees gain access to abortion services.

After the Supreme Court reversed the constitutional right to abortion on 24-June-2022, several companies issued statements reiterating their commitment to helping their employees acquire health care services they otherwise couldn’t receive from the state.

Following a memo from the Supreme Court, companies began rolling out policies on bearing the travel expenses for employees who want abortion in May. These “travel expenses for employee abortions” companies included Yelp, Airbnb, Starbucks, DoorDash, Tesla, PayPal, Patagonia, JPMorgan Chase, Reddit, Netflix, Levi Strauss & Co., and Microsoft. Others followed suit, including Meta, Conde Nast, Disney, and Dick’s Sporting Goods joined hands with them when the decision was announced on Friday, though most kept away from issuing public statements.

Tesla that will Bear Travel Expenses for Employee Abortions
MINSK, BELARUS MARCH 03, 2018: Tesla Model X and Tesla Model S at the test drive and competition event for automotive journalists from Minsk

“As the world’s most broadly-based health care company, we strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put health within reach for the people we serve,” stated Johnson & Johnson on Friday. “We also believe health care decisions are best determined by individuals in consultation with their health care provider.”

Reddit also reassured its employees could receive a stipend to bear travel costs for abortion procedures. “Our benefits programs are designed to contribute towards the safety of our employees, and we also have robust policies to support women in the workplace” said one of the company’s representatives.

Levi Strauss & Co. urged business leaders to take action against the ruling. “Protection of reproductive rights is a critical business issue impacting our workforce, our economy, and progress toward gender and racial equity,” the company stated. “Given what it is at stake, business leaders need to make their voices heard.”

Levi Strauss and Co store in Times Square, New York City.
Levi Strauss & Co store in Times Square, New York City.

Here’s what famous companies have to say regarding Dobbs v. Jackson ruling:

  • Disney, like its counterparts, is determined to cover travel expenses for its employees. “We recognize the impact that today’s Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans,” wrote Paul Richardson and Pascale Thomas, the company’s head of HR and vice president.
  • Meta’s spokesperson followed suit and said: “We intend to offer travel expense reimbursements, to the extent permitted by law, for employees who will need them to access out-of-state health care and reproductive services. We are in the process of assessing how best to do so given the legal complexities involved.” 

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Vintage Railway Experiences and Attractions in the US

In a past era, travel by rail was one of the most luxurious and adventurous ways to travel across the miles. While train travel may never be what it once was, there are some amazing vintage railway experiences and attractions scattered across the United States. Once-famous train cars have been converted into spaces for scenic tours, cozy dining, and hiking destinations. Place one of these railway experiences and attractions on your next travel itinerary.

Verde Valley Railroad

Clarksdale, AZ

Jerome Arizona: Historic Jerome Grand Hotel and Verde Valley.
Jerome Arizona: Historic Jerome Grand Hotel and Verde Valley.

Take this southwest passenger train and travel back in time to some of Arizona’s most beautiful backcountry and red rock canyons. You won’t see this landscape except by rail, and tourists love the original train car seating, panoramic windows, and classic furnishings. This four-hour tour is perfect for adults and children alike and begins with refreshing beverage and a light snack. The train host describes famous Arizona landmarks and offers some musical interludes. An outdoor car is easily accessible at any time, weather permitting. The Verde Valley Railroad is only a half-hour drive from beautiful Sedona—and the perfect getaway to enhance your vacation and create a travel memory.

Grand Canyon Railway

Williams, AZ

The train to the Grand Canyon waiting at Williams Station, Arizona illuminated by a fiery sunset sky.
The train to the Grand Canyon waiting at Williams Station, Arizona illuminated by a fiery sunset sky.

The vintage Grand Canyon Railway system originated in 1901 and still runs today to transport tourists from Williams, Arizona, to the gorgeous South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This 65-mile trip includes views of one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. Site narration with music is  offered by some of the park’s most knowledgeable hosts. This two-hour railway experience includes a car class of choice, from luxurious to casual. There is plenty of wildlife, scenic views, and some package deals for the whole family. The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nearby and there are also a number of attractions and activities in Williams, Arizona, to add to your travel itinerary.

Virginia and Truckee Railroad

Virginia City, NV

Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Nevada
Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Nevada

Select from various types of railway experiences at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad located in the eccentric Virginia City. Enhance your vacation with a steam train ride or a diesel train ride, and plan on a special experience if you make your travel reservations around a holiday. There are two routes to choose from—Virginia City to Gold Hill (only 35 minutes) and Carson City to Virginia City (all-day adventure). Both tours include some fascinating history, exciting tunnels and a number of mining sites for viewing. Get off the train for three hours at Virginia City and take in some original boutiques, saloons, restaurants and museums. This railway experience has something for everyone.

Donner Summit Train Tunnels

Soda Springs, CA

old train tunnels nicknamed "China Wall" on Schallenberger Ridge near Donner Lake Truckee, Nevada county, California.
Old train tunnels nicknamed “China Wall” on Schallenberger Ridge near Donner Lake Truckee, Nevada county, California.

While this adventure does not include a luxurious Southern Pacific train coach, the history and the visual experience of the Donner Summit Train Tunnels are fascinating. If you want to get serious, this attraction may require some hiking gear and a day’s refreshment. Take a historical journey on foot through abandoned trail tunnels located on Donner Summit. The journey might also include a scenic view of the old Lincoln Highway, the historic Donner Summit bridge, and the beautiful Donner Lake. Travel during vacation season (after mid May), bring a flashlight, and prepare for cooler interior temperatures. It’s an outdoor vacation adventure for explorers.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango, CO

Durango, Colorado, USA: Tourists inside the historic steam engine train from Durango to Silverton in Colorado.
Durango, Colorado, USA: Tourists inside the historic steam engine train from Durango to Silverton in Colorado.

Those who long to travel back in time on their next family vacation will enjoy a 3-1/2 hour adventure aboard the Durango Train. This vintage coach car offers a coal-fired and steam-powered ride from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad that begins in Durango and travels to Silverton, Colorado, and back. More frequently used by miners and frontier travelers, the Durango Train originated in 1882. Guests will take in beautiful scenes along the stunning Animas River where only a rail line can generally navigate. Plan for some steep mountainside curves and fascinating rock formations along the way. Tourists will not be disappointed in the now-and-then echoing of the steam whistle.

Ohio Railcar Dining

Cincinnati, Bellville, Toledo, Peninsula, and Columbus

NEW HOPE, PA- View of the New Hope and Ivyland rail road, a heritage train line for visitors going on touristic excursions in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
NEW HOPE, PA- View of the New Hope and Ivyland rail road, a heritage train line for visitors going on touristic excursions in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Everyone loves trains, and Ohio is known for some fine railcar dining sites vacationers and tourists won’t want to miss. The Cincinnati Dinner Train offers a 3-hour scenic train ride and a dining vintage railway experiences to remember. The Buckeye Express Diner is nothing fancy but a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy. The Old Spaghetti House is a nationwide favorite—especially aboard a railcar in Toledo along with several other Ohio railcar locations. For a little more adventure, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad features brunch, cocktails, or a murder mystery dinner along with seasonal scenic train rides through Cuyohoga Valley National Park. For your special occasion, rent The Depot Events Center train car in Columbus. This is certain to please the guests of honor and the guests alike!

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Transportation for the President of the United States

Have you ever wondered how the President of the United States gets from one place to another? How about the cost of that transportation? Today, we are going to break it all down for you, so you do not need to wonder any longer!

Now, you know that the President is a very important person and any minute that he is exposed to the public can become dangerous. Therefore, every single detail of his transport must be planned out to the second.

One of the most often used modes of transportation is the Presidential Motorcade. There are between forty and fifty vehicles involved and at least one hundred people. The route car leads a bunch of motorcycles before the lead car. Their job is to clear off the roads, so the motorcade can go through without an issue. The local police department takes care of the beginning part, so there are fewer vehicles involved in the true motorcade.

The main part of the motorcade contains two limos, but no one will ever know which one the President is riding in. Both limos are bulletproof and the only window that opens is the one on the driver’s side. Inside the limos are many different types of guns, oxygen tanks, and two pints of the President’s type of blood.

The Secret Service sits in the other cars within the motorcade and if you look closely at these cars when they are passing by, you will see that some cars have the Secret Service members sitting facing the back. They hold guns, so they can take care of threats if they occur.
An ambulance follows the Presidential Motorcade just in case there is an emergency along the way. Police cars also follow the motorcade, so no one can speed up and enter the pack.

The motorcades are only used for trips up to thirty minutes in length, due to the danger that is present with them. Any trips that are longer distances will have the President riding in Marine One.

Marine One is a helicopter, but not a specific one. The name is used for any helicopter the President is currently on and there are usually thirty-five that can be used at any given time. Once the helicopter gets up in the air, it is automatically surrounded by at least five identical helicopters, so no one truly knows which one the President is on.

Most of the helicopter rides that the President takes are to Andrews Air Force Base, which is where their plane, Air Force One, is located. There are two airplanes that are normally used as Air Force One, but another plane could be used as well.

Did you know that it only takes approximately one hour for the President of the United States to go from Washington DC to New York City? That includes a trip from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base via Marine One, the flight to New York City on Air Force One, the helicopter ride to where the motorcade will take the President to their final location, and the motorcade ride itself. It’s completely amazing!

Now, let’s break down the costs:

Air Force One flight time per hour: $206,337

Marine Force One flight time per hour: This isn’t as much of public knowledge as the flight above, but it averages around $2,199.

Other Helicopters Involved with Marine One flight per hour: $3,180

Massive Military Plane for Transporting Marine One helicopters per hour: $100,941

On average, it costs more than three hundred billion dollars to transport the President of the United States every year, which is about a quarter of the White House’s annual budget.

This is a huge number, but it is necessary to keep the President safe while they are in office.

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Missing Out on a Trip to Washington DC? Check Out These Virtual Tours Immediately!

Washington DC is a massive city and it is incredibly difficult to see all the attractions and landmarks during just one visit. If you have always wanted to see as many sights as you can, you may want to take a virtual tour of some of the best places in this area.

Check Out These Virtual Tours in Washington DC Immediately

Virtual Tours in Washington DC

1. Mount Vernon

George Washington’s home is not too far outside Washington DC, although it can take forever to get there thanks to the plethora of traffic on the roads. A virtual tour will have you seeing a lot of the first President’s home, as well as the grounds.

President George Washington Home At Mount Vernon In Virginia
President George Washington Home At Mount Vernon In Virginia

2. US Botanic Gardens

It can take hours to wander around the US Botanic Gardens, but you can see the botanic garden, conservatory, and even parts of Bartholdi Park in no time at all with a virtual tour. You can choose between an audio or video tour, although, I prefer the second. After all, isn’t the whole point of wandering through a garden being able to see it?!

The National US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, USA.
The National US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, USA.

3. Capitol Hill

You can’t do a true virtual tour of Capitol Hill, but you can easily learn more about each building during this unique virtual tour option. You can explore each building on the hill, even the ones you would not normally be allowed to enter.

United States Capitol Building At Sunset, Washington Dc, Usa
United States Capitol Building At Sunset, Washington Dc, Usa

4. Tidal Basin

A virtual tour of the Tidal Basin will have you seeing the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial in addition to the walking paths and the basin itself. You can also see the Reflecting Pool during this little tour.

The tidal basin in Washington DC with the Washington Monument in the distance.
The tidal basin in Washington DC with the Washington Monument in the distance.

5. Library of Congress

Anyone who loves to read will want to visit the Library of Congress in person, but since that is currently not possible, you must make do with a virtual tour. This is an amazing three hundred sixty-degree tour that will show you all the must-see details of this gorgeous building.

The Library of Congress in Washington, The library officially serves the U.S. Congress
The Library of Congress in Washington, The library officially serves the U.S. Congress

6. National Air and Space Museum

There are a couple different virtual tours through this museum, but a favorite is going to be the Out of This World Exhibit. Go back in time and see what you remember about space and those who explored it with this virtual tour.

Visitors enjoy The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Visitors enjoy The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

These are some of the best virtual tours of areas throughout Washington DC, but you will find many more. I recommend starting with these and then checking to see if your favorite spot in DC has a virtual tour you could watch to see if anything changed.

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Take a Virtual Tour of These Historical Sites Around the US

You might not be able to travel from state to state right now, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeing some of the magnificent historical sites around the US from your home. A few simple keystrokes on your computer will have you seeing parts of buildings and landmarks you may have only dreamed about until now.

Virtual Tour of Historical Sites Around the US

1. The White House

The White House is a massive building that is full of history. While you cannot see everything inside the home of the President, you can see enough to keep your curiosity at bay. The rooms you will see on these virtual tours are the ones you would see during any of the public tours of this building.

Virtual Tour Historical Sites - The White House, Washington DC
The White House, Washington DC

2. Gettysburg

The war in Gettysburg was horrendous and the area is still much like it was all those years ago. You can listen to the same instructions you would receive if you were driving the battlefield route, plus you can see different panoramas during this virtual tour. Nothing compares to seeing this destination in person, but this is an excellent back-up plan.

Cannons and monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Cannons and monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

3. Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell can be found within Independence Hall in Philadelphia and it is one of the many historical attractions in the city. While a virtual tour of this bell will show you everything you need to know about its historical significance, it won’t get you close to a true Philly cheesesteak. Therefore, make sure you add this destination to your travel list soon!

Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia

4. Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is currently open, but that doesn’t mean you can travel there to see it in person. If you want to see this massive carved mountain and really appreciate the intricate details that were included, you must take this virtual tour.

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Classic view of Mount Rushmore

5. Plymouth Rock

What may have seemed like an insignificant rock a few hundred years ago has turned into a historical site thanks to the pilgrims discovering Plymouth Colony back in 1620. You will see where the rock sits today, which is in the same location it was all those years ago. This was not always the case, because the rock was moved a couple times before, but it has always found its way home.

Portico around Plymouth rock- Plymouth, Massachusetts
Portico around Plymouth rock- Plymouth, Massachusetts

You don’t need to venture out your front door to see these historic sites in the US, thanks to these virtual tours. Watch at least one of them today and see where it takes you, because it may get your brain churning to create a travel bucket list, learn more about the specific area you just watched, or find a way to at least take a break from the show you have been binge-watching from the beginning.

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Trip to the National Parks Postponed? See Them Virtually!

Trips to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and even Yellowstone are currently a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean you need to live without the beauty of these areas right now.

You can easily take a virtual tour of thirty-one of the national parks via Google Earth. Imagine seeing a few alligators within the Everglades, without risking your arm or leg, or gazing down deep into the Grand Canyon, without even leaving your bed. You can do all this and so much more through Google Earth’s virtual tours.

The Best Virtual Tours of National Parks

The Everglades

This virtual tour will have you seeing sights that include the Otter Cave Hammock Trail, Anhinga Trail, and Miccosukee Indian Village.

Grand Canyon National Park

Imagine lying in bed and seeing sights that include the Bright Angel Trailhead, Maricopa Point, and Hermit’s Rest. You definitely won’t regret spending some time looking at the canyon’s gorgeous views!

Toroweap point at sunrise, Grand Canyon National Park.
Toroweap point at sunrise, Grand Canyon National Park.

Yellowstone National Park

During the Yellowstone virtual tour, you can see the Norris Geyser Basin up close, as well as Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is incredible, and you will love looking at Tunnel View, Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite Falls, and so much more during your virtual tour!

Redwood National Park

This virtual tour will have you wandering around Lady Bird Johnson Grove, stopping at the Big Tree Wayside, and even seeing how a car can fit through the Klamath Tour Thru Tree.

Sequoia vs Man. Giant Sequoias Forest and the tourist with backpack.
Sequoia vs Man. Giant Sequoias Forest and the tourist with backpack.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Laurel Falls Trail is the perfect place to start during a virtual tour of the Smoky Mountains. From there, you can continue on to the Noah “Bud” Ogle Cabin, Newfound Gap, and Mingus Mill. History abounds in this park and it all blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings.

Acadia National Park

This beautiful park in Maine is a must-see for everyone, but you will need to make do with a virtual tour for now. Start with Thunder Hole, before venturing on to Otter Cliff, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain. At that point, you may be hungry from all the views, so take a little time to relax with the beauty of Sand Beach, as you grab a bite to eat.

Arcadia National Park, Jordan Pond
Arcadia National Park, Jordan Pond

These are only a few of the many national parks you can tour virtually through Google Earth. We recommend that you start with these and then see where your virtual vacation takes you next!

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Disney Fans?? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Florida Theme Parks to Get Your Thrills at Home

You may not be able to spend hours riding the rides at your favorite Florida theme parks right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some thrills right from the comfort of your couch. Imagine taking virtual tours of your favorite theme parks and even experiencing a couple of the popular rides via video.

Virtual Tours of Florida Theme Parks to Get Your Thrills at Home

 

1. Walt Disney World

There are so many virtual tours of Walt Disney World, so be prepared to spend at least a day viewing them all. Just pretend you are at the physical parks and settle in for the ride! You can start at Magic Kingdom, work your way over to Hollywood Studios and end your time at Epcot. If you want to experience some of the rides, you can easily do a search on YouTube. A couple to get you started include Frozen Ever After and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Mickey Mouse at Disney World Tokyo.
Mickey Mouse at Disney World Tokyo.

2. LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND is gaining in popularity, so do not fret if you haven’t checked out this theme park as of yet. Check things out during a virtual tour, so you can be prepared when you go there in person. We recommend paying close attention to the Great LEGO Race, because it is a virtual reality option that you will want to enjoy once you can visit this park.

Visitors pass through the entrance to Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, FL.
Visitors pass through the entrance to Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, FL.

3. SeaWorld

A virtual tour of SeaWorld will have you wandering through the park from your living room, while also seeing everything Discovery Cove has to offer. Add in a thrilling virtual ride on the roller coaster, Mako, and you will forget you are not physically in this park by the end.

Panoramic view of SeaWorld sign in International Drive area.
Panoramic view of SeaWorld sign in International Drive area.

4. Universal Studios

Wandering around the two Universal Studios parks virtually, as well as the City Walk, will allow you to see every inch of the park. This is completely different from when you are there in person, because an in-person visit always has you missing some of the small, yet important, details.

HARRY POTTER UNIVERSAL STUDIOS WALK WITH DRAGON.
HARRY POTTER UNIVERSAL STUDIOS WALK WITH DRAGON.

5. Downtown Disney

Have you ever been to the Downtown Disney area? If you have been too busy wandering through the theme parks to give this area another thought, then you must check it out now. After all, you have the time, so you might as well take advantage of it!

Night view of the Disney Flagship Store at the Pudong New District (Lujiazui) in downtown. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination of Asia.
Night view of the Disney Flagship Store at the Pudong New District (Lujiazui) in downtown. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination of Asia.

These virtual tours of the theme parks down in Florida will allow you to experience thrills and adventures right from your home. Instead of spending your time wishing you can visit, use it wisely and see these parks up close now! Then imagine all the fun you will have when you finally visit later this year!

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Getting Travel Hungry? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

Not being able to travel is one of the worst things that can happen to some people. However, being stuck at home, or simply in one part of the world, for long periods of time doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the incredible sights this world has to offer! Instead of only dreaming of when you can travel again, I recommend that you take a virtual tour of some of the best landmarks around the world.

Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

1. Taj Mahal

As you probably know, the Taj Mahal is over in India and this gorgeous sight was constructed during the 17th century for the Emperor’s late wife. While the Taj Mahal is best seen in person, you will still find yourself breathless with all the intricate details you are seeing online.

The Taj Mahal in India.
The Taj Mahal in India.

2. Ellis Island

The only way to see Ellis Island in person is to take a ferry out during a tour of the island and the Statue of Liberty. This island is where immigrants arrived from 1892 and 1954 to start a new life in the United States. This virtual tour will allow you to see where these immigrants spent their time shortly after they arrived and all the history that was made since then.

Virtual tour of Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.
Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.

3. Palace of Versailles

There are many castles and palaces around the world, but this is one of the best in the country of France. The elegant building is matched with picture perfect grounds and you can see it all during this tour. Pay close attention to the highlights of this tour, which includes the Coronation Chamber, Royal Chapel, and the Hall of Mirrors.

VERSAILLES, FRANCE - The Royal Palace in Versailles.
VERSAILLES, FRANCE – The Royal Palace in Versailles.

4. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China has been in place for more than two thousand years now and continues along three thousand miles of land. While you can see it while visiting many different areas of China, this virtual tour will have you seeing it during a hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

5. Acropolis

The Acropolis has been part of Greek history for so many years now and while it has been restored wonderfully, it is still showing its age. If you have never seen this magnificent attraction in person, you must take a virtual tour to see why you must add it to your list when you start to travel once again.

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece virtual tour
The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on top of the hill during a summer sunset. Greece is currently open to American tourists.

These are only some of the landmarks around the world that you can take a virtual tour of. A little research will have you finding more, so make sure you share your favorites with me in the comments!