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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.

Virtual Tour of Historical Sites like Classic view of Mount Rushmore
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.

Let us know if you knew the virtual tour of historical sites around the US or if you were completely surprised with this list.

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Tour These European Castles Virtually from the Comfort of Your Living Room During Covid-19 Quarantine

If you are like most people in the world right now, you are staying home and trying to find a way to get through the days. After all, there are only so many hours you can spend watching Netflix or Disney+! All those chores probably don’t seem appealing either, which is why I would love to recommend touring a few European castles virtually from the comfort of your living room.

European Castles You Must Tour Virtually from the Comfort of Your Living Room

Virtual European Castle Tours

Palace of Versailles

This palace is where Louis XIV lived, and it was the Sun King himself who made it famous. As you take the virtual tour of the palace, you can see the infamous Hall of Mirrors, stunning artwork, amazing artifacts, and even the outdoor gardens. If you have always wanted to see the Palace of Versailles up close, this is the next best thing!

Virtual European Castle Tour of Versailles palace, Paris suburbs, France.
Versailles palace, Paris suburbs, France.

Royal Palace of Caserta

This is an Italian palace and you may not know that it is one of the biggest royal palaces in the entire world. The King of Naples lived in the Royal Palace of Caserta and you can see many views of the interior and exterior during your virtual tour.

The 'Reggia di Caserta', in the background, is a former royal palace. The huge garden is 3 kilometers long and has sculptures and canals.
The ‘Reggia di Caserta’, in the background, is a former royal palace. The huge garden is 3 kilometers long and has sculptures and canals.

Catherine Palace

Russian history is fascinating and there are not too many people who have not heard of Catherine the Great. A virtual tour of this palace will only take you around the outside, where you can see the stunning white, blue, and gold façade. Catherine the Great only lived in this palace during the summers, but it still holds quite a bit of history from her reign.

The Catherine Palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Catherine Palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), St. Petersburg, Russia.

Edinburgh Castle

There are quite a few castles within the country of Scotland, but the Edinburgh Castle is an excellent place to start with a tour. This castle is located up on Castle Rock, so it looks out over the capital city. Your virtual tour will include views of the infamous grounds, so be prepared to enjoy some incredible views without needing to leave your home.

Virtual European Castle Tours of Edinburgh Castle during summer, Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle during summer, Scotland.

Buckingham Palace

Everyone loves the Queen of England and not too many have the opportunity to tour the inside of this palace when they are over in London. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that no visitors are allowed in for tours when the Queen is in residence. Thankfully, you can take a virtual tour of this beautiful palace from the comfort of your home! You can see the State Rooms and they will give you an idea of how the rest of the palace must look.

Buckingham Palace in London.
Buckingham Palace in London.

These are some of the best European castles and palaces to visit virtually from the comfort of your living room. You will want to start by exploring these and then see what else you can find to explore through a little research on your own. Who knows! You may be able to wander around a castle you have wanted to see for years without even walking out your front door!

Let me know when you book your next virtual European Castle tours!

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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!

Let me know when you book your next virtual tours of National Parks.

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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!

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Love Animals? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Zoos and Aquariums to See Animals Up Close

Seeing the animals playing and running around at a zoo, or swimming around at an aquarium, is a lot of fun. This is why these types of attractions are popular for vacations, as well as ordinary days if you live close enough to one. Are you currently missing out on all your furry, and slimy, friends?
Well, you do not need to go without your favorite animal fix, because many of the zoos and aquariums are offering virtual tours, or at least animal cams, to allow you to watch these animals from your home.

Check Out These Virtual Tours of Zoos and Aquariums to See Animals Up Close

1. Smithsonian Zoo

The Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC has five different animal cams for you to watch any time you wish. The animals you can see include lions, pandas, elephants, naked mole-rats, and the newest additions of cheetah cubs.

Amur tiger at Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC.
Amur tiger at Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC.

2. Zoo Atlanta

The zoo in Atlanta also has a giant panda camera that you can watch while you are stuck at home, so you can always tune in there to see if those pandas are doing anything different than the ones in DC.

Entrance to Zoo Atlanta. The zoo houses more than 1,500 animals and welcomed roughly 866,000 visitors a year.
Entrance to Zoo Atlanta. The zoo houses more than 1,500 animals and welcomed roughly 866,000 visitors a year.

3. Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has many different live cameras for you to watch, so you will feel as if you are right inside without leaving your home. In addition to seeing beluga whales, you can see jellyfish, sea otters, piranhas, and alligators.

 The Georgia Aquarium facade at night in Atlanta, Georgia. The boat shaped landmark is the world's largest aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of water.
The Georgia Aquarium facade at night in Atlanta, Georgia. The boat shaped landmark is the world’s largest aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of water.

4. San Diego Zoo

Out of all the zoos streaming live camera feeds, San Diego Zoo has the most. You could honestly sit in one spot all day long, as you switch between apes, baboons, condors, elephants, giraffes, koalas, owls, pandas, penguins, polar bears, and tigers.

Tourists and locals just in front the main entrance of San Diego Zoo in California, USA.
Tourists and locals just in front the main entrance of San Diego Zoo in California, USA.

5. National Aquarium

It is easy to go floor by floor throughout this amazing aquarium in Baltimore. There’s even easy to follow instructions you can use to make the most out of this virtual tour. If you are interested in one part of the aquarium over the rest, feel free to check out the scene section to choose your favorite.

Long exposure of the Waterfront Promenade and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Long exposure of the Waterfront Promenade and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.

6. Monterey Bay Aquarium

There are many different live cams to watch during a virtual tour of this aquarium, so you can watch everything from birds and jellyfish to sea otters and penguins. However, I feel like your favorite camera view will be the ones that share the sharks swimming around.

Monterey bay aquarium building.
Monterey bay aquarium building.

This will get you started on loving your favorite animals again, while you discover new zoos and aquariums to visit in the future! Check these virtual tours and live cams out now and then let me know if you are aware of any others that are keeping you busy watching animals during these longer days!

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Miss Wandering Through Museums? Check Out These Virtual Museum Tours You Can Do from Home!

There are thousands of museums all around the world and you could spend hours wandering around each one during extraordinary vacations. However, what happens when all these museums shut down and you are stuck at home? Do you automatically need to lose out on all that culture you have grown to love?

Thankfully, the answer to that last question is no, because you can take a virtual tour of some of the best museums in the world!

Check Out These Virtual Museum Tours You Can Do from Home

1. Musée d’Orsay

This museum in Paris is filled with artwork from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. Famous works of art by French artists like Gaugin and Monet grace these walls and you can see them firsthand during a virtual tour.

Virtual Museum Tour of Sunset view of Orsay Museum on left bank of Seine, Paris, France.
Sunset view of Orsay Museum on left bank of Seine, Paris, France.

2. Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh may have led a tragic life, but his paintings and drawings show both the good in his life and the bad. A virtual tour of this museum will show you the largest collection of his work, including hundreds of personal letters.

Crowd in front of the new wing of the Van Gogh Museum with sunflowers in the foreground.
Crowd in front of the new wing of the Van Gogh Museum with sunflowers in the foreground.

3. Anne Frank Museum

So many people have heard about Anne Frank and what she endured during the Holocaust, but a virtual tour of this museum will have you seeing it up close. This is an excellent way to share history with your children or simply compare your thoughts from reading her diary to what everything really looked like when she was in hiding.

The Anne Frank House Museum is one of Amsterdam's most popular museums opened in 1960.
The Anne Frank House Museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums opened in 1960.

4. British Museum

There are so many museums within London, but the British Museum is one of the best. If you want to explore the history of this city, as well as the entire country and the locals that live there, you must take this virtual tour. The best features of this tour include Egyptian mummies, the Great Court, and the Rosetta Stone.

Virtual Museum Tour of The British Museum in London, England, UK.
The British Museum in London, England, UK.

5. National Gallery of Art

There are two different virtual tours of this Washington DC Museum, so you can see everything from American fashion to paintings by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

View of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art West Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
View of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art West Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

These are just some of the museums that offer virtual tours that you can do from the comfort of your own home. I recommend starting with these and then seeing if your favorite museum of all time has their own virtual tour you can watch to relive the memories you have made there in the past!