For many of us we are not full time travellers. As much as I would love to pack my bags and head off on the road indefinitely, it’s not always possible. In this day and age, we are able to experience some of what the world has to offer right from our living room. So if you’re unable to travel or you’re trying to plan the ultimate stay-cation why don’t you take a virtual tour around the world.
Here are some of the best virtual tours on offer:
Famous Landmarks Virtual Tour
Most of us grow up seeing images of these landmarks or watching movies with these places as back drops, and we can only dream of visiting them one day! Perhaps whilst you are dreaming of visiting these places you can get one step closer by taking a virtual tour.
Buckingham Palace – London
Visit Queen Elizabeth II for a nice cup of tea as you explore her official residence. You can explore the Grand Staircase, the White Drawing Room, The Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room.
One of the great mysteries – why are those stones in Circle? Who put them there? Scientists are still curious to the actual purpose of these stones.
Learn about the Statue of Liberty as you embark on a 360 degree virtual tour of Lady Liberty.
The White House – Washington DC
If you visit 1600 Pennsylvania Ave you will find, the White House. Check out the interiors where you can enter the red room, the green room and many more “coloured” rooms or walk the street and view the portraits of past presidents
The Great Wall of China – Beijing
One of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Great Wall of China is a must see when you are visiting China. It is not hard to see why this landmark is so famous, it stretches over 3,000 miles across many provinces of Northern China, it has an incredible history spanning more than 2,0000 years and it is known as one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.
The Colosseum – Rome
Take in the ruins of this truly amazing Landmark. Once a fierce battle ground, now ruins. Standing inside the Colosseum it is not hard to imagine what it would have looked like in its glory days.
The Catacombs – Paris
The Catacombs are the final resting place of millions of people since the late 18th century. The catacombs became the final resting place when authorities linked the cemeteries to many health problems in the city. As a result, bodies were exhumed and taken to an underground site.
The catacombs have been open to the public since 1809 and now they are open to the public virtually.
The Eiffel Tower – Paris
Built in 1889 for the World’s Fair, it was hated by locals and was never meant to be a permanent fixture. Fast forward 131 years and it is hard to imagine Paris without the iconic Tower.
From 1682, under the Rule of Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the French Royal family. The Royal family lived in these residence until beginning of the French revolution in 1789 under the rule of Louis XVI. Of course, it was home to Marie Antoinette.
You can walk the halls and see the beautiful (and very lavish) rooms and learn about the previous occupants of the palace.
Natural Wonders Virtual Tour
Without needing to step into a city or a building, the world is a beautiful place. We are incredibly lucky to have national parks where we can observe the beauty of nature. Many of these national parks are now available to view virtually.
The national park was established on the 1st of March, 1872. It is home to many geological formations including the iconic geyser, Old Faithful
Yosemite National Park – California
Most notable are is the scenery, the imposing cliffs and gorgeous waterfalls – including Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America. Make sure you look out for El Capitan and the Half Dome
Grand Canyon has its name for a reason, it is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and a maximum depth of 1,857m. You can take a virtual hike along the Bright Angel Trial.
Explore the sites and sounds of the famous “Red Rock” in the center of Australia. You can hear the stories of Uluru and discover the key sites, listen to traditional owners of the land and the calls of the surrounding birds.
Kakadu National Park – Northern Territory, Australia
Visit Arnhem Land, take a trip along the Twin Falls Gorge, swim (virtually of course) in Gunlom and admire the ancient rock art of Ubirr
Wilson Island – Queensland
Wilson island is part of the Great Barrier Reef and is a vegetated Coral Cay in the Capricornia Cays National Park. Thanks to Google Maps you can go underwater and explore the coral surround this cay.
The Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has a stunning coast line and the best views are from the Giant’s causeway. The Causeway is famous for the interlocking, geometric basalt columns – there over 40,000 columns. Many locals believe is the remains of a causeway path to Scotland that was built so that two giants could fight one another. Check out the National Trust for views of the Giant’s Causeway and the surrounding areas
Museum Virtual Tours
Why not skip the queues and the entrance fee and see your favourite museum from comfort of your own home?
Before even entering this museum you must take note of the iconic building. There are over 26 exhibits that are currently available virtually. You can learn about many eras is history such as the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Medieval art and also, contemporary arts.
The Louvre – Paris
Famous for the Mona Lisa – and for getting lost (I can’t count the amount of times we got lost!) the Louvre is one of the biggest and most famous museums in the world.
The Louvre has a free virtual tour of a few of their exhibitions such as the remains of the Louvre’s moat, the Galerie d’Apollon and the Egyptian Antiquities.
Sadly, to see the Mona Lisa, you are going to have to wait until you can join the line at the Louvre.
Many have read or at least heard of the story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who hid with her family during the holocaust in WWII. You can explore the house where the Frank family lived including the Secret Annex where they spent their days in hiding.
Arguably the most famous art museum in The Netherlands is the Rijksmuseum. The museum show cases the masterworks from the Golden age such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Van Gogh is one of the most celebrated (albeit tragic) painter in the world. The Van Gogh museum has a collection of 200+ paintings, 500 draws and many of his personal letters.
His starry night painting is currently house MOMA in New York City but there is a video you can watch to take in his amazing creation.
You must visit the British Museum once in your life, so why not do it from home? On this virtual tour you can explore the Great Court, take a look at Egyptian mummies and learn about Rosetta Stone which enabled us to decode the Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The building was originally built in 1560 for Italy’s most famous art families, the Medici’s. However, today anybody can explore the halls of this amazing building.
There are many works to see including DaVinci’s The Annuciation.
Zoo and Aquarium Virtual Tours
Who doesn’t love to spend hours watching animals run (or swim) around? There are many zoos around the world that are offering live viewings of feeding or of enclosures in general.
Monterey Bay Aquarium