By Sharon Kurtz ~
Be inspired and entertained while you wait out the current travel bans and lockdowns. Immerse yourself in environments that give you a real sense of place without actually being there. Now you can fill your living room with the sights and sounds of the National Parks, recreating experiences without leaving home.
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with the National Park Service to create free, immersive, guided tours through five national parks. With Hidden Worlds of the National Parks follow Rangers on a journey to places most visitors never see.
Each tour features breathtaking 360-degree photography of various locations within each park along with short narrations from park rangers. Virtual travelers can rotate to view the area as a park ranger shares details about the flora, fauna, and park history. Locations and views within the park can be changed via an easy to use icon. You will visit parks in five different states, including Alaska, Hawai’i, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida.
Peek into the Daily Life of the Natural World
We can all use a little nature right now. These YouTube videos give a secret look into the daily lives of some of the animals in the natural world. Experience a poppa lion meeting his cubs for the first time, or enormous elephants and other wild animals roaming in their natural jungle habitats. Laugh at the naughty baby gorillas rolling and chasing Dad at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has an up-close look at fascinating sea animals in the Open Sea Exhibit through the live jelly webcam.
Revel in the Beauty of Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is a favorite destination spot for many people. To see the splendor of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridal Veil Falls is an experience no one should miss.
During this time of park closures, the animal residents have Yosemite National Park all to themselves. Click on the link below, and you can revel in the beauty and solitude of a visitor-free Yosemite.