Add some virtual travel to your summer itinerary

With summer break well underway for families across the country and the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the way we work, play, gather and travel, many of us are having to rethink our travel plans. Whether travel plans have shifted or you’re just looking for some family-friendly virtual travel to add to your itinerary this season, we’ve got you covered! Although you might physically be staying local, museums and tourist attractions across the globe are offering virtual opportunities to explore the world with family and friends this summer. Here’s a list of virtual experiences packed with fun (and educational!) virtual adventures for all ages:

  • National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City is devoted to the history and archeology of pre-Hispanic civilizations. Travel through 23 exhibit rooms filled with lively educational content and artifacts from the Mayan civilization.
  • Adventure seekers can tune in to over 11 different live streams to get a glimpse of elephants, giraffes and hippos in their natural habitat. Witness the wildlife of the African continent from South Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo through Google Earth’s Voyager project.
  • Enjoy a fully immersive virtual tour through the National Historic Museum of Chile, one of South America’s oldest natural history museums. Use the interactive map in the bottom left corner to explore historic exhibit halls with ship prototypes and city structures from the era of the Spanish conquest, to powerful photographs of moments that shaped a nation and more!
  • Explore future camping destinations with Google Earth, which features 31 National Parks around the U.S. and offers a wide selection of breathtaking images.
  • Take a virtual tour of The J Paul Getty Museum located in Los Angeles to explore the museum’s robust collection of artworks from as far back as the 8th century through 19th century. Once you’re done, virtually step outside to take in the building’s dramatic architecture, beautiful gardens and breathtaking views of the city.  
  • Experience the art, culture and the panoramic views of the majestic Machu Picchu in Peru, complete with a 360-degree tour featuring artifact collections and historical sites.
  • The Palace of Versailles, just outside of Paris, offers a unique virtual opportunity to experience more than 22,000 pieces of art. Virtually stroll through the grandiose and emblematic Hall of Mirrors and explore the impressive rooms of this historic palace where countless royals including Marie Antoinette once lived. 

For more ideas on virtual travel and online exploration, check out Google Earth’s Voyager project. We hope today’s post serves as a reminder to keep exploring this summer! 

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