See the great outdoors without leaving your couch.
While we’re all staying home in order to combat the spread of coronavirus, lots of people are still feeling the pangs of wanderlust — especially people who would otherwise be using this time to get outside after a long winter.
Here is a carefully curated list of locations to aid your wanderlust, until we can hop on an airplane to an exotic destination.
One of the best places for an outdoorsy vacation is Alaska, full of majestic wild animals, gorgeous mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, streams, and lots of places to truly discover earth’s beauty.
TravelAlaska posted a video announcing its Alaska Will Wait, For You campaign that encourages people to stay home for now, and that all the wonders of Alaska will still be there when we can finally get to traveling again.
The National Parks Service (NPS) has long offered virtual experiences of some of its greatest parks to help people the world over to come and explore digitally. And one of its neatest explorations is its virtual visit to the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.
This virtual tour takes viewers on a journey throughout the most popular cherry blossoms locations, including Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade in Tokyo, Japan; Square Jean XXIII in Paris, France; and Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. The spots are picked by visitors and locals who have written reviews on Google Maps.
The China Guide is offering intrepid internet travelers the chance to take a virtual hike on the Great Wall of China. The virtual hike allows visitors to explore the part of the wall from Jinshanling to Simatai, a 6.5-mile stretch that also provides guests with some of the best views of the wall. That is because this region is well-known for having some of the most well-preserved sections with original features still intact.
Rapa Nui, Easter Island
Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.
Kilwa Kisiwani is a community on an Indian Ocean island off the southern coast of present-day Tanzania in eastern Africa. Historically, it was the center of the Kilwa Sultanate, a medieval sultanate whose authority at its height in the 13th-15th centuries CE stretched the entire length of the Swahili Coast. Kilwa Kisiwani has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the nearby stonetown Songo Mnara.
Stroll through the opulent interiors at the Palace of Versailles in France. The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII’s old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the Court and government there in 1682.
Marvel at the gleaming marble that makes up the Taj Mahal in India. An ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658) to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.
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