There will undoubtedly be an opportunity for you to visit the unbelievably beautiful and mystical destinations and protected national parks around the world.
In the meantime, you can just sit tight on your comfy couch with a cup of warm choco at one hand, log to your laptop with the other and go on amazing virtual tours of these national parks.
1. Canyonlands National Park
Situated in the southeastern Utah, the Canyonlands National Park is known for its dramatic desert landscape curving with the Colorado River.
When you decide to explore it virtually, the red rock will have a beautiful glow. With its winding streets and warm-colored arches, you can navigate yourself to the different spots that visitors love to see.
The Island in the Sky offers breathtaking panoramic overlooks. Other notable areas include the towering rock pinnacles called the Needles, Horseshoe Canyon’s rock paintings by Native Americans and, Cataract Canyon and its roaring whitewater rapids and the remote canyons of the Maze.
Check the Canyonlands National Park virtual tour here.
2. Dry Tortugas National Park
Want somewhere tropical for a cool-off trip this summer?
Never mind its name, the Dry Tortugas National Park offers the wetness of ocean water, luxurious ferries, and Instagrammable palm trees.
Situated in the Gulf of Mexico, just west of the Key West Florida, this underrated and remote park is comprised of 7 beautiful islands and protected coral reefs.
Thanks to this virtual tour, you don’t have to book a boat or a seaplane just to visit. Let your eyes swim through the 3rd largest coral reef on Earth. Click through the Civil-war Fort Jefferson and Loggerhead Key with its ancient lighthouse and bunch of sea turtles, or even take an exploratory dive on the remnants of an 1875 ship, the Windjammer Wreck.
Check the Dry Tortugas National Park virtual tour here.
3. Joshua Tree National Park
If you have ever dreamed of spending a blissful, quiet night in a campervan under thousands of shining stars in the Joshua Tree National Park, then this Google virtual tour will make it come true tonight!
This vast protected area situated in Southern California is characterized by stark desert landscapes and rugged rock formation. That and the bristled and twisted Joshua trees scattered across the land offering stunning views.
The virtual tour will give you 9 locations to start your adventure from. And if you want to take a closer look at the top Instagrammable spots, go to the Jumbo Rocks Campground, it is absolutely stunning, even on the screen.
Check the Joshua Tree National Park virtual tour here.
4. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii is known for its volcanoes. And this virtual tour allows you to explore these volcanoes. It’s main offering, the Nahuku Lava Tube— a cave formed by the flowing lava that also drains lava from volcanoes during the eruption—with its entrance covered with thick ferns.
You can also see the stunning view from volcanic coastal cliffs or fly over on active volcanoes with a simple click and see its effects from 1959.
Check the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park virtual tour here.
5. Kenai Fjords National Park
Click through fjords, glaciers, icebergs and more of what the Alaskan wilderness can offer you with this virtual tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park.
A place where the ocean, mountains, and ice come together to create a stunning landscape that will keep you chilling, at least your eyes, in the hot summer days.
With this virtual tour, click-kayak through glaciers or climb though the icy crevasse. Listen to the icebergs underwater or watch how the climate melts the glaciers with the interactive tools.
Check the Kenai Fjords National Park virtual tour here.
6. Gunnison National Park’s Black Canyon
Another underrated national park out there, the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park surrounds the deep steep-walled gorge through the Precambrian rock by the long Gunnison River.
Trails and roads along the south and north rims offer dramatic drops of the Black Canyon, hidden tunnels, and striated Painted Wall cliff. Check out its virtual tour on Google Earth and you will feel like navigating on a video game set on another planet.
Check the Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park virtual tour here.
Nestled between Moab, Utah in the North and the Colorado River in the southeast, the Arches National Park will treat you to exactly what its name implies— arches. The site is known for its over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, clicking through tons of openings of red rocks.
In the east, virtually walk through the huge, red-hued Delicate Arch, visit the thin and long landscape arch standing in the northern Devils Garden or go through the BalancedRock that towers over the middle of the desert landscape.
Walk over and under these mountains of sandstones with every click, looking at their mystical structures and how they were made, naturally.
Known as the very first national park in the whole world, the adventure is real at the Yellowstone National Park. Situated in the western US in the parts in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, you will need to spend the entire afternoon clicking and dragging through this ancient park and admire all its beauty.
Known for its wildlife and geothermal features, you need to see the Old Faithful in action. Make sure to see the Grand Prismatic Spring and be wowed on how it looks like from the above.
Check the Yellowstone National Park virtual tour here.
9. Denali National Park
Flying on to the Alaskan mountaintops of the Denali National Park is not easy. You would need to take a long flight and hike for hours in order to reach the spots that this virtual tour offers.
You might wish to challenge yourself one day, but for now, you can explore the snowy peaks, green valleys and the heart-warming panorama at the comforts of your own home.