Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park
It’s been more than two months since we were officially not allowed to go outdoors, but nature, especially in national parks have been thriving in this period. From cleaner air and rivers to wildlife returning to parts of cities and towns that they had previously abandoned, it’s now clear that the lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for most other species on this planet.
If you’re missing the outdoors and dreaming of the day you can visit one of these national parks, we feel your pain. Until then, here are five national parks in the United States of America that have been offering stunning virtual tours that you can take for free, and escape your surroundings for a few hours.
1. Kenai Fjords Park, Alaska
If you’re tired of the relentless summer back home, take a tour through the gorgeous Alaskan wilderness instead. This tour allows you to go kayaking in a frozen river, watch glaciers melt, and even takes you deep into an icy crevasse. It also offers some stunning videos of whales beaching and allows you to hear what an iceberg sounds like underwater. It doesn’t get much cooler than this.
2. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Even if you’ve never visited this park, you’re likely to have seen pictures of this stunning stretch of forest on Instagram. Now you can take a tour of this park online and witness its beauty first hand. The tour allows you to enjoy views from volcanic coastal cliffs, fly over an active volcano, and even lets you visit a volcano erupting live—beats staring at the wall for hours every day.
3. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
This National Park is usually tough to travel to, considering you have to book a boat to get there. Online, however, things are different. On this virtual tour, you can witness one of the largest coral reefs in the world, and even check out a ship that sank over a hundred years ago. For anyone who misses being by the beach, this tour is a must.
4. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
The caverns of this national park in America’s New Mexico are known over the world for their intricate designs and staggering beauty. In this virtual tour, you can take a walk through these fascinating caverns, and discover secret rooms. As a bonus, you can also experience life as a bat, which is guaranteed to be way more fun than it sounds.
5. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
One of the most colourful national parks in North America, the Bryce canyon park, takes you to some of the most stunning sunset points, and places to see the night sky. You can also get up close and personal with the park’s unique rock formations on horseback — all from the comfort of your home. So what are you waiting for – go on your virtual tour right away.