8 Destinations You Can Visit Virtually Right Now
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8 Destinations You Can Visit Virtually Right Now

Africa , Asia , Europe , Florida , Illinois , Lesotho , France , Italy , Kenya , Thailand , Bangkok , Thailand , Chicago , United States , Key West , United States , Washington D.C. , United States
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Apr 27, 2020

Many cultural sites around the world closed their doors at the start of March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Now, more than ever before, virtual tours have become vital to combat cabin fever. 

If you’re looking for a getaway, here’s a list of eight destinations that you can visit virtually:

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya, the sleeping volcano that ranks as Africa’s second-highest peak, has been making headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of social distancing measures,  the second-highest mountain in Africa, with an altitude of 17,057 feet is visible from Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, which is about 85 miles away.

Many people said they have lived in Nairobi for years and had never spotted Mount Kenya, as reported in NPR.

YouTuber Milosh Kitchovitch has captured all the wonders in 4D so you can explore it yourself, from home.

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Key West, Florida

Known for its colorful houses,  perfect weather, beaches, and of course, key lime pie,  the Florida Keys have more than 50 live web cameras throughout the island.  

Key West Virtual Tours is offering 360º virtual tours of some of the oldest houses and gardens of Key West.  

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Loire Valley, France

France’s Loire Valley is known for its famed wines, stunning architecture, romantic castles, and more.

You can witness all this beauty by heading over to Google Arts & Culture, which allows visitors to virtually explore the iconic chateaux of the region, gardens, and more.

Château de Chambord, Chambord, France Unsplash | Dorian Mongel

Chicago, Illinois

There is truly nothing like a Chicago summer.  The Windy City is another destination that boasts beautiful architecture and moving art scene.

From zoos, natural parks, famed architecture tours, and art museums,  you have a variety of sightseeing options thanks to Choose Chicago. Pick your virtual experience here.   

Chicago Detours is also offering virtual architecture tours every Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. CST.

The free 40-minute tours are led by expert guides that will showcase Chicago’s neighborhoods. Donations are strongly encouraged.

Photo | Parker Diakite

Italy

Anxious to visit Italy again? We’re there with you.

For starters, you can soak in a 360 view of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums or spending time Also spend time in the Capitoline Museums to explore art and history.   The website is written in Italian but you can change to your language of choice at the top of the page.

In addition, the shores of Italy’s most stunning lake, Lake Como, can be viewed on social media and the website of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a luxury resort.

The “virtual” sunrise and “Lake of the Day” image are featured on their Instagram account starting at 6:55 a.m. local time.  

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Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital also has rolled out some pretty exciting virtual experiences for travelers.

If you’re looking for creative ways to get out of your house, then these virtual experiences in Washington, DC are for you. 

The Air and Space Museum showcases the amazing technological advancements that have transpired in aviation and space exploration throughout the last century through the museum’s virtual exhibits online.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is just that:  a snapshot of America and the significant people who have shaped history.

Inside The National Museum of African American History and Culture learning lab, students and teachers have access to digital resources including imagery, essential documents and engaging videos to explore. 

You can also view 360-degree videos of the memorials and neighborhood spots online.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Take the 360-degree virtual tour of the Grand Palace, located in the old city of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.  

The palace has a long history of serving the previous kings, the king’s court, and the royal government up until 1925. 

Currently, the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. You can take a virtual tour here.

Lady is selling traditional thai food from her boat.
Asian Food vendor at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market near Bangkok. (Getty Images)

Lesotho

One of the top sights in Lesotho is Maloti-Drakensberg Park. The park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in sub-Saharan Africa. Check out these images and drone shots of the country’s landscape.

Unsplash | Tatenda Mapigoti