We’re all suddenly facing a lot of time at home. For those of us who love to travel, we’ve had our wings clipped for a while. But, thanks to technology we can still travel around the globe…virtually!
If you’ve got kids at home, this is also the perfect post to help them keep learning about the world. You can even use this list to come up with themes for the day and do educational activities around the destination.
Virtual Day Trips in the USA
Look Inside the White House
If you have an art or history buff in the home, this will be of interest. You can look around the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office Building and get a look at some of the amazing portrait art hanging in the White House.
Check Out the Statue of Liberty
This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, and you can take a virtual educational tour around the site from home. You’ll also learn a lot about this famous landmark.
Meet an Animal at the Cincinnati Zoo
While many businesses are closed, zoos are still operating because they have to care for the animals. Cincinnati is giving you a chance to meet their animals with Facebook Live Home Safaris at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT from March 16th through April 11.
Also, check out all the great animal cams offered at the San Diego Zoo.
Head to the Beach
I know many of us take delight in watching a sunrise or sunset over the water. Find webcams for popular beaches all over the United States (and even around the world). Start your day with a sunrise in Florida and end it with a sunset in California.
Tour the Alamo
See the famous Alamo, a historic Spanish Mission that was built in 1718.
Visit a National Park
Check out one (or all) of five amazing National Parks found in Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida while at home.
Hike Around Yosemite
Another famous national park has given you the opportunity to visit the park virtually with amazing panoramic shots that even include sound! Visit Tuolumne Meadows at night, look out from the top of Yosemite Falls, and have lunch inside the Ahwahnee Hotel.
And when you’re ready to visit in person, check out this great Guide to Yosemite with Kids.
Watch Florida Manatees
Ever wonder about these unique animals that call Florida home? Check out these fun Manatee videos and learn all about these adorable “sea cows”.
Visit the Space Center in Houston
You’ll need to download an app for this, but it’s full of great information for NASA fans.
Check Out the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Have you always wanted to visit a natural history museum? Get a peek at some of the exhibits that are featured at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
See Cherry Blossom Art
Since it is the season of cherry blossom blooming around the United States, check out this great collection of art depicting these beautiful trees. You can also see the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom in Seattle at the University of Washington webcam.
Float Around an Aquarium
There are quite a few aquariums that offer webcams for their animals. Monterey Bay Aquarium has a lot of various options, but also check out the Seattle Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium.
Study Geothermal Formations at Yellowstone
Take a virtual tour around the first National Park of the United States and learn about the unique geothermal formations that make that park so unique and famous.
Climb Around a Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum has worked with Google to create a virtual walkthrough tour of the museum. Perhaps you can discover what area of the museum would be your favorite place to visit.
Virtual Trips Around Canada
Learn About Canada’s Parliament
Look around the beautiful Parliament building of Canada in Ottawa. And learn a little about the Canadian government system.
Discover the Canadian Museum of History
Get insight into the history of Canada with this virtual walkthrough tour of their famous museum in Quebec.
See Polar Bears
Watch the famous polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba and learn all about these amazing creatures of the arctic.
Visit a Farm
Want to learn a little more about farming? Check out these great 360 cams and food tours around Canada.
Walk Around Banff
Look at this famous Canadian Rockies mountain town and learn about its history.
International Travel Virtual Day Trips
The Eiffel Tower
Get a virtual tour around the Eiffel Tower including what you’d find at the top and each of the lower tower units.
Check out three popular exhibits at one of the most famous museums in the world.
Visit the Vatican in Italy, including a look at the amazing Sistine Chapel.
The British Museum
Take a walk through history with art exhibits with this online interactive tour from the British Museum. See creations from 2000BC to 2000AD.
The Great Wall of China
Visit one of the seven wonders of the world while at home. Take a virtual walk along the wall and learn about the history of the wall.
Here’s a unique POV video that showcases the variety of Japan’s tradition and modern features. It makes me eager to replan our canceled trip to Japan!
And even beyond our planet Earth, discover the planet of Mars from the Curiosity Rover.
If you’re searching for more art exhibits to tour, check out the Google Arts and Culture page for all the museums they’ve created virtual tours with.
Harmony, Momma To Go
Monday 23rd of March 2020
I linked this from my recent post about dealing with CV related travel cancellations. Dry Tortugas (virtually) here I come!