Travel the world from the comfort of your own home! Though the Shelter In Place order has disrupted many travel plans, you can still see the sites from your computer or mobile device. Many national parks, museums, historical sites and landmarks, aquariums, and zoos provide virtual tours, webcams, and photo galleries for armchair travelers. Now is the perfect time to go exploring with these online opportunities!
Spotlight: Yellowstone National Park
Virtual Tours:, opens a new window Tour the popular spots of Yellowstone and learn the history of the park along the way. Take a virtual tour along the boardwalks of the Upper Geyser Basin, and explore the park through 360° photos, sounds, videos, and interactive maps. Learn the history of Fort Yellowstone, Fountain Paint Pot, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, and more.
Webcams:, opens a new window Watch the live cams of Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, and view eight static webcams to see current conditions around the park (if you're waiting on Old Faithful, remember that Yellowstone National Park is one hour ahead of Pacific Time).
Videos:, opens a new window Watch videos about Yellowstone Park history, safety, features, wildlife, and other topics narrated by park rangers, find footage of President Obama's 2009 visit, and more.
Photos:, opens a new window Browse the Photo Gallery on a variety of subjects, including the native plants and wildlife, canyons and rivers, weather, campgrounds, employees, and other photo archives.
Presented by the National Park Service.
More Virtual Tours
- Alcatraz Island, opens a new window: Explore "The Rock" (the prison, not the actor/wrestler) in 360°, complete with still photos and extra facts. Photographed and compiled by professional photographer Ash Blagdon, opens a new window, along with a number of other 360° sites from around the world.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, opens a new window: Virtually visit The Met and immerse yourself in art and architecture with these six 360° video tours. Use the arrows in the top left corner of the video or grab and drag the screen with your mouse (or your finger, if you're viewing on a mobile device) to move the view around while the camera glides through the Great Hall, The Met Cloisters, the Temple of Dendur, The Met Breuer, the Charles Engelhard Court, and the Arms and Armor Galleries.
- Mount Vernon, opens a new window: Move through an interactive photo tour of George Washington's home in Virginia, complete with historical factoids.
- National Aquarium, opens a new window: Visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland without the travel expense. Includes fishy fun facts!
- National Museum of the US Air Force, opens a new window: Take a virtual tour of the National Museum of the US Air Force. Can also be experienced in VR with Google Cardboard or another smartphone VR headset.
- Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, opens a new window: Tour current and past exhibits, view specimen collections and research centers, or take a walk around various areas of the buildings and gardens. The virtual tours are also available in VR on your smartphone and headset.
- The Statue of Liberty, opens a new window: The National Park Service presents The Statue of Liberty. Experience this national landmark with interactive panoramas, videos, pictures, and sounds.
- The White House, opens a new window: Did you know you can use Google Maps to virtually tour landmarks around the world? Check out the White House, or look up other historical landmarks like The Colosseum in Rome, Stonehenge in the UK, and more!
Around the World
- Athens, opens a new window (Greece): Virtual tours of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Athene Nike, more. Read interesting facts about the buildings, history, and culture, watch video tours, and view the sites with 360° photos.
- Anne Frank House, opens a new window (Amsterdam, the Netherlands): Tour the Anne Frank House online with 360° photos and documentary videos on Youtube. You can also download the "Anne Frank House VR" app on your phone for an extra virtual reality tour of the Secret Annex.
- Buckingham Palace, opens a new window (London, Great Britain): Explore Britain's iconic Buckingham Palace with these interactive 360° photos. Take a walk through the various royal rooms while reading historical facts about the artwork, architecture, furniture, and found throughout the building.
- Great Wall of China, opens a new window (China): Walk along the Great Wall of China with this video tour compiled of photos that allow you to explore each stop in 360°. Navigate with the arrows to move the camera around each view.
- Vatican Museums, opens a new window (Rome, Italy): Visit Rome's historical art and architecture, collected by various Popes over the centuries. Gaze at the Sistine Chapel's famous ceiling, the sculptures in the New Wing of the Chiaramonti Museum, and more. Step through a series of 360° photos, and guide your view with the arrow keys or by dragging the picture with your finger or mouse.
- Great Barrier Reef, opens a new window: Explore the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia with Google Maps' immersive 360° panoramic photos.
- Mount Everest, opens a new window: A computer-animated Vimeo video of Mount Everest's south route: Virtually hike from Lukla through the Khumbu region to the South Base Camp, pass through the Khumbu icefall and along the glacial valley of Western Cwm, ascend the Lhotse Face, then climb the Southeast Ridge and Hillary Step to the summit.
- National Park Virtual Tours, opens a new window: Discover more National Park virtual tours, videos, and photo galleries from the National Park Service.
- Yosemite National Park, opens a new window: Visit various locations throughout Yosemite National Park with this collection of 360° photos, complete with descriptions and recorded audio for each location. VirtualYosemite, ©2019 Scott Highton.
- Glenn Research Center, opens a new window: Tour NASA's Glenn Research Center facilities, including the Supersonic Wind Tunnel, Zero-G facility, Ballistics Impact Lab, and more.
- Hubble Space Telescope Mission Operations, opens a new window: Interactive photo/video tours of the Space Telescope Operations Control Center. The videos are narrated, and use 360° photos to give viewers a inside look at the Hubble Control Center facilities. Tap the arrows in the top left corner to move your view around each photo as you listen, and watch as text and small animations appear to illustrate the information about the Hubble Space Telescope and the Control Center facilities.
- International Space Station, opens a new window: Video tours of the International Space Station, guided by Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams. Float around and learn about the different sections of the ISS as well as the daily life of the astronauts.
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