Social distancing and the closure of national parks
With the current dangers associated with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, many national parks have adjusted their hours and rules of operation. Nevertheless, virtual tours allow people to explore mysterious distant forests without leaving their homes and experience the great outdoors from indoors.
Isolation can be a challenge for anyone. With nothing to do, perhaps you’re the type who just flips through their old comic book collection or watches the clouds pass by the window. In long stretches of boredom, most minds drift off into dreams.
What are you dreaming about right now? Where would you go if you could snap your fingers and be anywhere in the world? Chances are, if you are reading this article, your idyllic destination would probably have something to do with an RV. Another safe bet is that you would want to be in one of our nation’s spectacular national parks.
Some people consider our national parks our greatest treasures. Breathing volcanoes, sprawling archipelagos, the frozen tundra (of Alaska), lush jungles (in Hawaii), forests and cloud-busting mountains can be admired in our national parks.
How does a “virtual tour” sound?
What if you could explore one of our national parks from the safe confines of your isolation? The National Park Service (NPS), and a handful of other sites, offer virtual tours of their parks from their website. Take a look at some here. Not only are these virtual tours stunning and educational, they also have loads of activities that will entertain every child, like scavenger hunts, trivia contests and even junior ranger programs! Without leaving the living room, your kid could become our country’s next junior ranger. How cool is that?
Go on a virtual tour of selected national parks like Yosemite, Hot Springs, Virgin Islands, Crater Lake, Channel Islands, Katmai, Yellowstone, and others. Every national park is spectacular in their own way. Which is better than the another? Who’s to say? But some of the parks listed above are considered the greatest parks in the world. Instead of staring out of your window for another day, you could be exploring one of the most beautiful places on earth.
In addition to the national parks, you will also be able to participate in a virtual tour of fascinating historic sites. During isolation, become an expert on such subjects as Clara Barton, the first president of Red Cross, Alexander Hamilton, the underground railroad and so much more.
Wait, there’s more
Google Earth also has some really cool virtual tours of national parks. In fact, visitors can tour 31 national parks through Google Earth.
- Acadia National Park
- Arches National Park
- Badlands National Park
- Big Bend National Park
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Channel Islands National Park
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Denali National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Everglades National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Olympic National Park
- Redwood National and State Parks
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Shenandoah National Park
- Virgin Islands National Park
- Wind Cave National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Zion National Park
These virtual tours are excellent, educational ways to kill time during isolation for the whole family. In addition, people planning to visit these parks when they reopen can actually check them out before making their trip. Interested in some more amazing places to travel? Take a look at these and other great places to visit!