While the Coronavirus pandemic means all of the world’s attractions are temporarily closed, there are still ways to experience its beauty online. There are thousands of virtual museum tours, living room concert performances, and even some guided tours that have come about in the past few weeks. But if you crave for something more outdoors, here are some of the most refreshing virtual travel destinations for nature lovers.
Walk Along Florida’s Beaches
Visit Florida has captured images along the Sunshine State’s 825 miles of beaches using Google’s Street ViewTrekker technology. These 360-degree images, captured ‘one footstep at a time’, are integrated into Google Maps, enabling you to experience interactive views of Florida’s beaches. Just “tune” your preferences, choosing from adventurous or laid back, family-friendly or romantic; action-packed or secluded and manicured or natural, and take a walk along the beach.
Watch Rare Birds in Denmark
Want to go birdwatching in Denmark? The Danish ornithological society, DOF BirdLife, is streaming live from the nest of a majestic white-tailed eagle on Lolland. The nest currently has three eggs ready to hatch.
You can also see murmurations of starlings as they cut beautiful shapes in the air before they roost. These are filmed at the Wadden Sea, where tours of the best black sun sites take place at key points through the year.
Blooming Tulips in The Netherlands
Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in the town of Lisse, in the Netherlands. According to the official website, Keukenhof Park covers an area of 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the gardens annually. The best time to see the blooms at the Keukenhof is during the last 2 weeks of April and the first week of May. While the garden is closed through 2020, you can still stroll through the spectacular tulip garden virtually.
Best Parks in the USA
Have you dreamed of visiting every national park in the U.S.? Google Arts & Culture is hosting interactive documentaries on a number of contrasting U.S. National Parks including – Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Hawaii Volcanoes in Hawaii, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon in Utah, and Dry Tortugas in Florida. You can get 360-degree video tours through some of the United States’ most remote and breath-taking landscapes, with a local ranger as guide. You will already know a lot when you ready to take the actual trip!