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Touring National Parks Virtually

Posted on: October 30, 2020 at 2:17 pm, in

 

This year, we’ve had less freedom to do what we want and go where we want, so you might find yourself itching to see some of the amazing sights across the US. Some national parks and campgrounds have even had to close due to the current circumstances.

If you’re stuck at home and are looking for a sense of exploration, then there are still some virtual options. Lots of businesses, venues, and services have adapted to lockdowns and social distancing by increasing their presence online, allowing them to still serve their customers. And some of our country’s greatest national parks have done the same.

Yellowstone National Park

The National Park Service website features a range of videos and map tours showing some of Yellowstone’s best landmarks and hiking routes. You can take a virtual walk to Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, the overlook of the Upper Falls, Dragon’s Mouth Spring at Mud Volcano, and more.

Their map-based tours let you view the park’s landmarks and their surrounding area on a virtual map while also providing information and background about each landmark. These features are great for planning your next trip to the park.

Wildlife webcams

Getting to see wildlife in its natural environment is incredible, but animals are often too afraid to come out when there are lots of people hiking around the park. Now that parks are quieter, it’s the perfect time to check out the National Park Service’s wildlife webcams. There are hundreds of different streams from a variety of parks that let you look out for bears, birds, ocean life, and more.

Google Earth

Google has also got on board to help us explore the most amazing sights across the US. Google Earth allows us to explore the far reaches of the earth in impressive detail. And now, Google Arts and Culture has brought us 360-degree panoramic views of 5 national parks, along with some narration from park rangers to provide more detail about the sights being viewed.

Take in views from:

  • Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico
  • Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
  • Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida

Although it’s not quite the same as experiencing the great outdoors and its amazing sights in person, virtual tours of national parks can hopefully satisfy your cravings for exploration until you can get back out there again.

If RVing is off the table for you at the moment, then now is a great time to make sure your motorhome is in good condition and has all the accessories it needs for the perfect RV trip. Perform checks and maintenance on your vehicle and check out our online store where you can buy window shades, windshield shades, and tire shades for your RV.

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