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See the World from Home: Virtual Tours to Inspire Your Next Trip

With our travel plans on pause, we’ve been looking for other ways to embark on new adventures. We’ve gathered a list of our favorite virtual tours and online activities so you can travel the world without ever having to leave your couch. These virtual tours have been available online for quite some time, but with social distancing in place, we’ve fully embraced these tours as a way to spark our minds and to help plan our future trips.

MUSEUMS

The Guggenheim Museum, located in New York City, is known for its Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and Contemporary Art. Use this virtual tour to explore the iconic circular building and see some incredible paintings and sculptures.

Take the virtual tour here.

The British Museum, located in London, England, is a museum dedicated to human history. It is one of the largest collections in the world, housing over 8 million pieces. Get ready to explore 2 million years of human history!

Take the virtual tour here.

The Louvre, located in Paris, France is the world's largest art museum. It is home to over 38,000 objects, so there is sure to be something that peaks your interest!

Take the virtual tour here.

LACMA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, is the largest art museum in the Western United States. It is home to over 150,000 pieces of art .

Take the virtual tour here.

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is known for its extensive collection of modern Korean art.

Take the virtual tour here.

The Van Gogh Museum, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands houses the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh paintings in the world. This includes over 200 paintings, 500 letters, and 750 personal letters.

Take the virtual tour here.

If you're in more of a science mood, check out the National Museum of Natural History. Their collection contains over 145 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, and human artifacts. It is the largest natural history collection in the world, with many collections available online!

Take the virtual tour here.

The Musée d'Orsay is an art museum located in Paris, France on the banks of the Seine river. Their collection consists of mainly French art, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.

Take the virtual tour here.


ZOOS & AQUARIUMS

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium that hosts 10 live stream cams. This has to be one of my personal favorites, whether you're in the mood to watch some otters being adorable, or zone out to some jelly fish.

Watch the live cams here.

Another great one to take your mind off of everything: San Diego Zoo animal cams. From elephants to tigers to polar bears, these cams are a great way to brighten up your day.

Watch the live cams here.


MONUMENTS

The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic structures in the world, and the most famous structure in India, and for good reason. This beautiful building is on many people's bucket list destinations, so check it out online in the mean time.

Take the virtual tour here.

Another iconic structure you can check out from the comfort of your couch: The Great Wall of China. Spanning 13,171 miles, you get some awe-inspiring views of the land.

Take the virtual tour here.


THE GREAT OUTDOORS

The United States National Parks teamed up with Google to create incredible virtual experiences of 5 of their parks. The Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, and the Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. These are really special tours, with incredible narration to guide you through the parks.

Take the virtual tours here.

Take in the views of Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean. You can also take a look at their visitor center and the tower base.

Take the virtual tour here.

Go white water rafting in the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. This 360º video lets you take in the beautiful, red rock landscape from the bottom of the canyon (where dinosaurs used to roam!).

Take the virtual tour here.


OTHER DESTINATIONS

Mars

Okay so this one is a little out there, but who doesn't want to go to space? Now I have to admit, there's not a whole lot to look at, but still pretty cool!

Take the virtual tour here.

Visit the Happiest Place on Earth to cure your social distancing blues! Sure, you can't go on the rides, but it's still fun to wander around the magic kingdom!

Take the virtual tour here.

If you're feeling like you need a little culture in your stay-at-home life, tune into the Metropolitan Opera's nightly livestreams.

Watch the nightly livestream here.

If musicals and theatre are your things, check out BroadwayHD. You can start a 7-day free trial and get access to hundreds of productions!

Start streaming here.

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