As the weather begins to get nicer, our feelings of isolation intensify. We yearn for wide open spaces, the great outdoors. Sadly, driving to Yellowstone may be off the table for the foreseeable future. But did you know there are national parks offering virtual tours?
That’s right. You can get a good look at some of the most impressive national monuments in the U.S. without leaving your couch. Let’s take a look at just five of the virtual tours on offer.
5. Crater Lake
Crater Lake was formed in a volcanic collapse about 8,000 years ago. The result is America’s deepest lake. The clear, dark blues of the lake are profound and inspiring. Luckily, you can visit via 360-degree video, with commentary from a park ranger.
4. Virgin Islands National Park
Virgin Islands National Park is famous for its sandy beaches and precious coral reefs. However, there are also ancient ruins left by the native inhabitants of the islands.
3. National Mall
If you’ve ever wanted to visit Washington, you may appreciate this virtual tour of the National Mall and the surrounding memorial parks. It’s an especially beautiful sight in springtime, when the cherry blossoms bloom.
2. Channel Islands National Park
Here’s a virtual tour that takes you underwater. Channel Islands National Park is just off the California coast. It covers five islands, whose isolation has given birth to unique ecosystems. There are over a thousand marine species living in these waters, and the underwater ocean cam gives you a chance to see them all from the comfort of home.
Finally, we come to the granddaddy of national parks. Yellowstone is most famous for Old Faithful, but there are actually hundreds of active geysers on the premises. You can watch them erupt for yourself by accessing the park’s nine live webcams.
Gain access to all national parks offering virtual tours here.