These are my top favorite virtual places to visit when I need a break from the stress of the pandemic. Bookmark them, and return anytime!
Clio Muse Tours
Self-guided virtual tours of Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and more! “Clio Muse virtual experiences combine award-winning audio tours with a great selection of real satellite and street view images of the monument and its surroundings. Move forward, backward, turn towards and gain an interactive 360° experience in the world’s fascinating cultural wonders, as if you are really there. No special equipment or apps needed, you can view them on your browser. “ (Source: Clio Muse Tours) Clio also offers a tour of the Moon, with an astronaut - like experience, featuring “an out of this world audio tour, created by NASA’s Astronomer Pamela Gay!” https://cliomusetours.com/
Beautiful Fall Colors in the Adirondack Mountains
Those of you who follow me know I’m proudly from upstate New York, and that I grew up going camping in the Adirondack Mountains.
These Adirondack webcams from clothier Pure Adirondacks are a great way to get back into nature!
Most show still images but my favorite is the Lake Clear Lodge webcam because it has an active, live feed: https://www.lakeclearlodge.com/webcam
Sights and Sounds of Louisiana
Check out the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas virtual tour -- this excellent YouTube video describes the Great Maya Reef exhibit if the Virtual Reality option gets to be a little much for you.
Source: Louisiana Travel
Taj Mahal and More
Looking for some other places to visit that might be on your bucket list?
Mental Floss published a compendium of 15 different sites around the world that offer virtual tours, including -- yes -- the Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, the Sistine Chapel, Stonehenge, and more.
U.S. Historic Sites
If you have school-age kids or are a kid-at-heart who also loves history, this list of 15 virtual U.S. historic tours from Scholastic has a good assortment of must-see places. These are excellent for school projects and to visit as a family too -- or revisit places you’ve been before, while on a coffee break from work.
Sites include Colonial Williamsburg, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the United States Mint, Ellis Island, and more.
Bonus: Just put this YouTube video on in the background when you’re at home -- it’s like you’re out in the forest. So soothing and relaxing.
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