As we continue to live in a world of limited travel, it’s easy to find yourself suffering from a severe case of wanderlust. And while there’s nothing like the real thing, almost a year into a world wide pandemic, we’ve all learned to compromise a bit. Here are four virtual tours to help satiate your wanderlust.
1. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Art, fashion, and history is on full virtual display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In association with Google, this gallery is featuring an online exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including renderings of clothes and art from the Colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second exhibit is an online gallery with the collected works of the Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
2. San Diego Zoo
One of the most famous zoos in the country – the San Diego Zoo – has decked out their habitats with several live camera feeds, allowing online visitors to check in on their favorite animals. With the click of a button, you can check in on the polar bears, koalas, and even the tigers. Get ready to go exotic from the comfort of your own home.
3. Pyramids Of Giza
Google’s Street View option isn’t just for seeing if your new online love interest lives in a sketchy neighborhood. Now Street View can take you on a tour through one of the last remaining wonders of the ancient world. That’s right, technology can now take you on a 360-degree tour of the Pyramids of Giza with the same ease as helping you speculate your potential new Boo's annual salary based solely on their home address. You can also visit other Egyptian sites in Street View, including the necropolis of Saqqara, the Cairo Citadel, and the remains of Abu Mena.
4. Google & NASA’s Access Mars
With every expert of note stating that we’ll see the first manned mission to Mars within the next 50 years, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the chances of the average citizen being able to embark on this journey is slim to none. Although if you were an actual rocket scientist, your chances would probably increase exponentially. So, while you may never see the rust colored landscape of Mars in-person, Google (yep, Google again) has partnered with NASA to offer a tour of a 3D replica of the Martian surface, as recorded by the Curiosity rover. It may not be Mars, but at least there’s breathable air.
For more out-of-the-box travel ideas, be sure to checkout our other Olympus 7th Street Station blog posts.