Places You Can Virtually Visit In The USA Whilst You Wait To Embark

by Au Pair in America

Did you know that even though travel is restricted right now, you can still go on a USA adventure? πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

If you’re stuck at home, waiting to embark on your dream journey to the USA, or even if you’re already there waiting for your next road trip – check out our list of places you can virtually visit in the USA for free!

Sit back, get some snacks, and enjoy the beauty of the USA from your very own bedroom 🀩🍿

(Google Earth is required for a just few of these links – so go ahead and download the free app. Trust us, it’s soo worth it)

Virtual City Break πŸ™οΈ

  • Take a guided 360 video tour through all of New York City’s biggest landmarks, starting in a helicopter over the city’s skyline, and then venturing on foot through sites such as the statue of Liberty, Times Square and Grand Central Station πŸ—½
  • Alcatraz Island in California is small island home to one of the most famous prisons in history, and is now turned into a museum! It can be explored up close thanks to Google Arts & Culture.

National Parks 🏞️

  • Yosemite National Park offers a stunning virtual tour of it’s scenery, compatible with VR headsets too. Click the pin of the area you want to delve into, and away you go!
  • Google Earth launched a collection of virtual tours of America’s national parks, including quick jumps to the park’s most spectacular view points. Here’s a list of some parks available to explore:

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Yellow Stone National Park, Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

Great Smokey Mountains, North Carolina & Tennessee

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Glacier National Park, Montana

Virgin Islands National Park

Death Valley, California & Nevada

  • Alternatively, if you’re wanting somewhere with bit more magic, you can explore Walt Disney World, Florida (This counts as a national park, right?) 😍

Zoos and Aquariums 🐠

  • San Diego Zoo has live cams you can watch, from Orangutans to Polar Bears. Head over to the Elephant Cam to peak at their 11 African elephants 🐘
  • Houston Zoo has live cams that allows you to take control of the camera view yourself! Click the button, get in a queue, and wait your turn to start turning and zooming. Give the Gorilla Cam a try! 🦍
  • Georgia Aquarium has live cams that include special feeding events throughout the week. Of course, that includes the Penguin Cam! 🐧

Museums and Art

If you have a thirst for culture and knowledge, these virtual Museum tours are a great way to get a look at a few of America’s best Museums, without the queue!

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles πŸ–ΌοΈ

Hudson River Museum, NYC πŸ“œ

American Museum of Natural History, NYC πŸ¦–

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC πŸ¦–

We hope this has fuelled your appetite for your next USA adventure. Hang in there, and soon, you’ll be right in the centre of your American dream! ❀️

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