Social distancing: Six virtual tours you can take if you’re stuck at home
People all over the world are staying put to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
However, even as we are keeping our distance from one another, it doesn't mean we're completely confined to our own walls. With public spaces closing and events over 50 people canceled, many entities have taken it upon themselves to offer free virtual tours.
Some of the places range from educational options such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art to a more relaxed vacation setting in one of Hawaii’s most-visited landmarks.
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1. Visit museums
Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free.
2. Explore national parks
For those who want to surround themselves with nature without the traveling and going-outside aspect of it all, national parks are also providing virtual tours of America’s most popular parks. Virtual visitors can travel through the trails of Yellowstone National Park, as well as the Yosemite National Park.
3. Visit the zoo
Some people count on the company of a furry friend at home, but others rely on spaces on the outside world to view them. Thankfully, spaces like the San Diego Zoo, the Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are offering live webcam viewings of pandas, penguins and beluga whales.
4. Tour the Great Wall of China
Trips all around the world were undoubtedly canceled amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but a tour of the Great Wall of China is available for anyone who’s ever wanted to visit this wonder of the world.
5. Get yourself to Mars
International trips are one thing, but, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can take a virtual trip to Mars. NASA partnered with Google to offer a tour of a 3D replica of the Martian surface recorded by the Curiosity rover.
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6. Take a trip to Hawaii
As we go through high-tensioned times, keeping yourself relaxed is as important as keeping yourself clean. With the help of Google Earth, users can take a tour of some of Hawaii’s beautiful landmarks, such as Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Waikiki Beach.
Have you found a virtual escape or exploration? Share your find with Coral Murphy on Twitter at @CoralMerfi.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Social distancing: 6 virtual tours you can take for free