After a year of living under the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re finally seeing signs of life returning to normal. However, traveling to crowded public spaces is still considered a health risk. Many popular museums, landmarks, and national parks remain inaccessible. Because of this, some institutions have opened to the public digitally. No long lines and in most cases, no admission fees. Experience virtual travel and see the world differently.
Start with the right tools
Before diving into your online tour of the Sistine Chapel, set yourself up for the best experience possible. Therefore, a reliable network like Verizon 5G Nationwide is necessary. Verizon 5G delivers the throughput speeds, capacity, and performance needed to load high res photos and live video feeds so you can take in every exquisite detail. And with wireless devices built to work with 5G, like the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, you get high contrast, vibrant, crystal-clear display specs and the processing power to handle any task.
Pick your seat
There’s no need to pack when you can enjoy virtual travel from the comfort of your kitchen table. Verizon 5G Home (in select cities) and Fios fiber-optic home internet are affordable, convenient options that let you share and stream from any corner of your house, so you always have plenty of leg room. Whether you’re looking up the ancient terracotta warriors of Xi’an or an authentic Xi’an Biang Biang Noodle recipe on your Apple iPad, your eyes (and tastebuds) won’t be disappointed with the results.
Let's get going
Below are a few must-see places to put on a virtual travel itinerary. Many other attractions, historical sites, and destinations – the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, for example – offer online tours and live feeds. As a result, we recommend keeping a list of your own.
Zoo and wildlife
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Australia)
See Australian wildlife via web cam. Delight in the antics of native koalas, kangaroos, platypuses, and dingoes living in a protected environment dedicated to education and their preservation.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium (California)
Go under the sea to view towering kelp forests and ghostly moon jellyfish at one of the nation’s most celebrated aquariums. In addition, learn about ocean conservation efforts at home at across the world.
- San Diego Zoo (California)
Whether you just want to see the animals or entertain and educate a young explorer in your home, the San Diego Zoo offers up live cam feeds and a wealth of information on your favorite furry, finned, and feathered friends.
Museums and galleries
- Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.)
From dinosaur fossils to the history of humankind, the Smithsonian has something for everyone. Discover massive halls full of artifacts and get closer looks at select display items with high resolution photos.
- The Louvre (France)
The City of Lights is a dream destination for many. Similarly, its most famous museum, the Louvre, is a dream destination for some of the world’s most priceless art. Tour room after breathtaking room of paintings, sculpture, and artifacts.
- Art Institute of Chicago (Illinois)
A remote visit to this Chicago icon gives you access to various art collections and commentary. View interactive features and tour highlights to further enrich your virtual travel experience.
The great outdoors
- Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
The vast and largely untamed wilderness of Yellowstone encompasses thousands of miles across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. See its most well-known features, like Dragon’s Mouth Spring and Lookout Point.
- Abisko National Park (Sweden)
As part of the Lights Over Lapland project, viewers are treated to a look at the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights along with Arctic birch forests and a reindeer sleigh ride using VR headsets.
- Namib-Naukluft National Park (Namibia)
The world’s oldest desert, located between the Atlantic Ocean and Namibia’s Great Escarpment, is arrestingly beautiful. A web cam tour of this remote national park’s red sand dunes will leave you awe-struck.
The same tech you use to keep your day-to-day organized is also your ticket to exploring a rich, wondrous world. While we may continue social distancing in the meantime, you don’t have to resign yourself to the same view every day. Above all, remember that virtual travel doesn’t come with any rules. Go where you want and see everything you want.