8 extraordinary tours you can take from the comfort of your home
Posted on 01/11/2020
CultureUnited States of America
This pandemic has transformed many aspects of our lives and now we find ourselves stuck at home more often. Travelling for leisure is something that has to be put on hold for now, but just because we cannot leave the confines of our home doesn't mean that there's nowhere to go. In fact, there are a multitude of places behind our digital devices that are waiting to be explored. Here are eight virtual tours that will take you around extraordinary destinations around the world, and one of them will even take you to outer space. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the adventure!
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most incredible man-made wonders of the world, and thanks to modern day technology, you no longer have to travel thousands of kilometres to see this megastructure. The China Guide is an online portal that allows visitors to take a detailed tour of the premises for just £6. You can book a tour with a personal guide who will lead you through a section of the wall that is in pristine condition. This session will last around 30 to 40 minutes and it was designed to be as interactive as possible, so you will be able to ask your guide as many questions as you like. And after your guided tour is complete, you will still have access to the virtual tour for one week so that you can go exploring by yourself.
Machu Picchu has been shut down for tourism ever since the beginning of the pandemic, but don't worry! You can still get a glance of the scenery through your digital devices.YouVisit is a website that makes Machu Picchu accessible to those who cannot personally make it to the destination. This virtual tour is equipped with a collection of 360 degree images of all the finest spots of Machu Picchu. Normally it would require a ton of walking to reach these places, but with YouVisit you can see all the scenic views without breaking a sweat. This virtual extravaganza is free, so take your time and explore everything as if you were really there.
The Louvre is a renowned museum because it holds many precious cultural treasures of the world, like Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting. There's nothing better than seeing these gems with your own eyes, but given the circumstances the museum has opened up its doors for virtual viewing. Several of The Louvre's noteworthy exhibitions have been displayed online, including the Advent of the Artist and Egyptian Antiquities. Unfortunately, there is a limited selection of pieces that you can see, however the tour will give you a good idea of the kind of wonders hidden inside this sacred museum. This cultural visit is absolutely free of cost and an opportunity that you shouldn't miss out on.
Google Street Arts Project
Don't you agree that one of the best parts about travelling is strolling through city streets that are painted with interesting pieces of art? Google has launched a project that gives you the chance to look at a collection of amazing street art from different corners of the world, without moving a muscle. There are hundreds of art projects on display and you can access all of them for free with just a click of a button. One of the coolest features they have included is a virtual walking tour. You can take a digital promenade through iconic streets that are filled with art, while listening to the stories of the artists and their work.
What makes this experience so unique is that it is literally out of this world. This virtual visit is for those of you who are beyond intrigued by the solar system. We have not been able to travel to different planets yet, but we can travel to Mars through our screens. There are a variety of platforms that gives you a sneak peak into what life on Mars is like, but Access Mars
will give you the optimal experience. It is a collaboration between Google and Nasa and it allows you to have a look at the terrain of Mars by replicating real life images that were recorded by Nasa's Curiosity Rover. While exploring Mars, the program will also feed you fun facts about our neighbouring planet.
Yosemite National Park
The whole point of experiencing nature is being out in the fresh air, and so you may think a virtual visit to a national park might be pointless. However, we're in the middle of a pandemic, and this may be the only way to be in nature for those who are stuck in the city. Through Virtual Yosemite, you will be able to visit one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, Yosemite National Park. You can discover the prime spots in the valley, including the waterfalls, hiking trails and summits. The panoramic pictures have been taken by skilled photographers, and you will be able to see everything in detail. This is a free tour and all they ask for in return is that you do your visit on a big screen with a fast internet connection.
Disney World in Orlando has opened up their amusement park to virtual visitors and this is different from other online experiences because you can partake in all the fun yourself. The rides will not be the same on the computer, but they are enjoyable nonetheless and that's not even the best part. Unlike visiting Disney World in real life, this visit is free and it includes access to all the five of the Disney parks in Orlando. What's great about doing this tour is that it can help you prepare for your future, in person, trip to Disney World. As everyone knows, it is impossible to see all the attractions in just one visit, so this is the smartest way to narrow down all the things that you want to do when you visit in real life.
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis of Athens is an architectural marvel and this virtual visit lets you have a look at its ancient monuments in detail. This tour has compiled images and panoramic views of the highest resolution to give you a defined view of the architectural features of the site. It is hard to see these details in depth when you are visiting in person, so if you are an architecture enthusiast this tour is ideal for you. Since you will be exploring these archaic structures in the comfort of your home you will have plenty of time to see everything, but the top few that you must check out are the Parethenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea and the Erechtheion.