Physical travel is currently impossible due to coronavirus pandemic. One of the most effective measures put in place to curb covid-19 is social distancing. Staying at home is, therefore, paramount. This travel restriction has also seen many parks and other previously tourist-flooded spots all around the world shut their doors due to the uncertainty involved. Such places that encourage crowds of people are being restricted in a bid to maintain social distance. But thanks to virtual tours, anyone with an internet connection can tour just around any part of the world and experience virtual escapism. In these tough times, technology comes in handy because it offers educational and recreational activities to help complement our daily routines in quarantine.
Virtual tours are enabled by the display of a digitized representation of actual destinations and artifacts. While these representations may not necessarily harbor all the qualities and unique details of the actual places, they offer an excellent opportunity to visit from the comfort of our coaches. Institutional museums sponsor most of the virtual tours. Most artifacts and pieces are just a simulation of the actual items in the actual institutions. As many of us are forced by the pandemic to work from home, instead of binging on the content on Netflix, we may as well take tours to our dream historic sites and destinations. Here is a list of ten tourist attractions sites that can be toured virtually, in the comfort of our homes.
The institution in UK’s capital has teamed up with 2000 leading tech-savvy institutions and google arts and culture to offer interactive virtual tours around the archives. Equipped with an audio guide, you can wander around the repository for an excellent exhibition of their artifacts. Clicking on the artifacts brings them up close for a more detailed and closer look.
This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam. It is packed with masterpieces and artifacts from the Dutch Golden Age. Due to the ongoing viral pandemic, Rijksmuseum has closed its doors until 1st June of this year. However, to keep their tourists and visitors intrigued, they have launched Rijksmuseum From Home. It offers a detailed virtual tour
Le Musee Du Louvre In Paris
Due to the high number if confirmed coronavirus infected cases and consequent deaths, the city of Paris remains under total lockdown. The institution is famed for its glass exterior. While you can no longer stroll into its physical exhibition to see its masterpieces and artifacts, there are quite several virtual tours available to Le Musee du Louvre, Paris. Among its popular exhibitions are the Galerie d’Apollon and an impressive collection of Egyptian antiques.
The Museums of Flight
Take a 360-degree view enabled online tour of the sprawling aviation archives located in Seattle, Washington. To the delight of aviation enthusiasts, the flight archives harbor over 150 aircraft and a vast array of over 25000 aircraft and flight-related artifacts. It is considered as one of the largest aviation collections. Thankfully, you can now take virtual tours around its artifacts and exhibits that tell a tale of man’s quest in the skies. The 360-degree feature enables aviation enthusiasts and geeks, to step into iconic airplanes such as the well-known Concorde.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Currently, you cannot freely waltz through the rich collection of these historical archives due to the ongoing pandemic. However, you can take a virtual tour through the collection that ranges from Mohammed Ali’s training gear to the shards of glass from an Alabama Baptist church bombing that left four little girls lifeless. This repository houses a rich history of African American culture and experience.
Central Park, New York
For outdoor nature lovers, New York’s green centerpiece is available for tour virtually. To provide a wholesome experience, the online tour is well equipped with a voice guide that takes you through the historical occurrences in the recreational area.
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Take a virtual tour in the Alaskan wilderness to experience a breathtaking view of the icebergs, glaciers, and fjords. At the comfort of your couch, you get to see how the ice melts and how climate change has impacted this terrain. The virtual tour begins by a peek of the only road-accessible glacier within the scenic locality called Exit glacier. According to the national park service website, Kenai fjords is home to over 40 glaciers.
With everyone attempting to slow down the spread of the lethal coronavirus infections by staying at home, there still exists the urge and necessity to explore the world. Luckily, most tourist attraction sites have teamed up with google arts and culture to enable simulations or virtual tours around various rich historic sites and outdoor locations. This virtual escapism is vital and helpful during self-isolation and quarantine.