Feelings of Boredom and Wanderlust
Depending on where you live, some COVID-19 rules and restrictions are being loosened and businesses are slowly reopening. However, it is still unclear as to when life will actually go back to normal. For now, the safest option is to still practice social distancing. If this is leading to unfulfilled feelings of wanderlust or extreme boredom, we have the solution! Listed below are some of our favorite virtual tours and live streams that can enjoyed in the safety of your home!
Our Favorite Virtual Tours and Live Streams
- The National Parks: Google partnered with the National Parks Service to offer some absolutely breathtaking virtual tours of our national parks. Climb down a crevasse in the Kenai Fjords National Parks, spot constellations in the night sky at Bryce Canyon National Park and so much more!
- Louvre: Whether your trip to Paris got canceled, you’ve always wanted to visit, or this is just your favorite museum of all time, you can’t go wrong with the virtual tours of the Louvre! From stunning art galleries to Egyptian Antiquities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
- Vatican City: While Vatican City is undeniably special to visit in person, the virtual tours offered by the Vatican Museums allow you to take your time and fully enjoy the works of art without the crowds. They even have a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel!
- Street View: Google Arts and Culture offers countless virtual tours of famous sites and landmarks. Choose from museums, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico, and explore iconic monuments, such as the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The possibilities are endless!
Live Streams and Webcams
- Monterey Bay Aquarium: The live webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are both fascinating and relaxing. They have live streams of the sea turtles, jellyfish, penguins, sea otters, a coral reef and more. They even have live narrated feedings at select times!
- San Diego Zoo: There is just something about watching animals eat, play and even sleep that just makes you smile and can keep you entertained for hours! We personally love the live webcams that the San Diego Zoo. Choose from a wide variety of animal cams including elephants, giraffes, and koalas and then sit back and enjoy!
- High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV): Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. You can view this live webcam and experience views of Earth like never before thanks to NASA!
- The Statue of Liberty: EarthCam offers several live streams from the Statue of Liberty, offering some incredible views of New York City. Watch beautiful sunsets, count the boats that go by, or just enjoy the views.
- Arenal Volcano: Get up close and personal with the youngest volcano in Costa Rica with this webcam! Watch in fascination as water vapor and gas spew from the Arenal Volcano while also enjoying the beautiful view of Costa Rica.