You can explore some of the world’s most famous landmarks, museums, and attractions right from your living room.
Since the year 2020 began, the only travel I’ve done is a comprehensive examination of my refrigerator. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has put many countries under lockdown and forced airlines to ground their fleets, it’s safe to say that none of us will be traveling for a long time.
That isn’t to say you can’t continue to travel the globe!
Forget about cheap flights for a bit and transfer yourself around the world with these 9 amazing virtual tours!
The World’s Wonders
Machu Picchu, Peru
Between the Andes and the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. This massive complex of over 200 structures is estimated to have been constructed during the Inca Empire’s heyday, which lasted until the 1500s.
You don’t have to arrange a trip to Peru only to see Machu Picchu, all you Indiana-Jones want tobes. You’ll feel as if you’re walking the grounds yourself thanks to a virtual tour that provides 360-degree views of the gorgeous environment and a helpful narrator who shares the history behind it.
Walking Tour of the City, Japan
This tour is sure to please fans of Japan and all things Japanese. It’s a three-minute 360-degree film that takes you around some of Japan’s most famous landmarks, including Kyoto’s bamboo forest, Nara Deer Park, and even a sumo match!
Petra, Jordan’s beloved national treasure, is known as the rose-red city due to the rock color. The ancient city, dubbed “a must-see before you die” by many, attracts roughly 500,000 visitors each year.
The virtual tour takes you on a thorough itinerary that starts at Bab Al Siq and concludes with Al Dier, one of Petra’s most important monuments. The trip is incredibly immersive, with 360-degree vistas and small audio tidbits of information scattered throughout the journey.
China’s Great Wall, China
Seeing the Great Wall in all of its grandeur was definitely one of the highlights of our two-week vacation to China last year. While vacations to China are currently off the menu, we can still enjoy a virtual trip to one of the world’s seven wonders!
What was your favorite part of the tour? You won’t have to struggle through throngs to get a clear view.
India’s Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, India’s crown treasure, is a vast mausoleum complex built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his wife in the 1600s. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and is one of the world’s most famous architectural monuments.
Take a 360-degree tour of the Taj Mahal to see it from different perspectives! It features relaxing music and incredible helicopter views of the complex, which you won’t get even if you go there in person.
Khumbu Valley, Nepal
On the Nepalese side of Mt. Everest, the Khumbu Valley is a sacred valley. It’s one of the most well-known hikes among mountaineers, with stunning views of the world’s highest peak.
This trip takes you on a journey through the Everest region, highlighting bits of local life – you can even visit a Himalayan primary school classroom or a traditional healer’s residence!
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
In Khmer, Angkor Wat means “temple city,” and its name speaks for itself: it is the world’s largest religious monument. This fascinating virtual tour transports you to Angkor Wat during the Khmer Empire, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime look at the majestic temple complex.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA
In Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. was forced into the spotlight. Since then, I’ve been itching to see the place.
This virtual tour offers not just 360-degree views, but also room-by-room coverage of each exhibit. The detail is incredible – you can even see the creases in the T-bones! rex’s What was the highlight of the tour for me? You can zoom in and read the exhibit descriptions, which isn’t possible with every virtual tour.
The Vatican, Italy
On a typical day, Vatican City, the world’s smallest fully autonomous nation-state, is packed with international visitors. As a result, Pope Francis giving a lone prayer session to an eerily deserted St Peter’s Square was exceedingly rare.
You can still enter the Vatican and be with the Pope in spirit, so don’t worry. The Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and the New Wing are all worth seeing!
Relax, grab a snack, and take a virtual museum tour. Explore a wide range of exhibitions and architecture from different museums across the world with these virtual tours, from prominent museums like the Louvre to Singapore’s own Philatelic Museum.
Who hasn’t been enthralled by the prospect of visiting new places? Consider packing your virtual passports and taking a 360-degree interactive tour of Yosemite Half Dome (yep, it’s a classic MacBook screensaver) or a virtual tour of Singapore. Alternatively, you can walk down the Great Wall of China without moving a muscle. Google Earth offers a variety of guided tours with full descriptions of the locations.