35 National Parks You Can Tour Online Right Now
Exploring the great outdoors just got a whole lot easier with these webcams and virtual tours at America's top national parks.
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While the world continues to battle the novel coronavirus, many people are sticking close to come, which means we can't trek through the wonders of nature at America's national parks. But thanks to technology we can still see the magnificence of many of the country's national parks through virtual tours, live webcams, and Google Earth images. Virtual tours are taking place at dozens of national parks right now, but we've rounded up 35 of the best parks to explore and maybe inspire you to get out there and see the real thing one day! Before you read further check out these photographs of America's national parks that will leave you awestruck.
The Clara Barton National Historic Site
With this virtual tour of the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, Maryland, you can explore Barton's home, which includes three stories and 12 refurbished rooms. The tour is best experienced with headphones so you can listen to recordings of Clara Barton as you tour the house. Kids will even enjoy this tour since there are so many interactive activities and they get a printable certificate of completion after the tour and activities are over. Barton, of course, was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross; see photos of the 20 most inspiring Red Cross rescues.
Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas is a massive piece of land encompassing over 20 miles of trails, 40 hot springs, and historic Bathhouse Row. The park originally was home to Native Americans as they were searching to quarry novaculite. The virtual tour of Hot Springs National Park will take you through the history, culture, nature, and a tour of Bathhouse Row. For even more national park fun, check out these ones that are off the beaten path.
Virgin Islands National Park
St. John is mostly considered an island paradise, but almost two-thirds of the land is dedicated as a national park. Virgin Islands National Park has sandy beach lined shores, coral reefs, and even historic petroglyphs, which were carved by the Taino Indians. The majority of this virtual tour shows off the plantations and windmills used when the island was used as a sugar plantation. Be sure not to miss the 3D tour of Annaberg Plantation to see an example of Danish Colonial Era industrial agriculture. Discover more of the most beautiful islands that are in the United States.
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
For those who love history or the musical Hamilton, virtually touring the Hamilton Grange National Memorial in New York City will be a real treat. The video tour is given by Jordan Fisher, who starred in the Broadway show. The highlights of the tour of Hamilton's home and final resting place in Harlem include the ornate formal dining room and Hamilton's private study. Find out facts about America's founding father that the musical left out.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is the only national park located in Oregon and features the deepest lake in the United States. The lake was caused by a volcanic eruption and collapse, and the area was turned into a national park in 1902. During the virtual tour of Crater Lake National Park your guides will be country music star Dierks Bentley and park ranger Charlie. Do not miss the clips of the sunrise over Garfield Peak! Find out more of the most beautiful lakes in America.
National Mall and Memorial Parks
While your plans to visit Washington, D.C., are likely on hold, you can still enjoy the sights and sounds of the National Mall via this live feed camera. The view from the Bloom Cam based at the National Mall Tidal Basin changes every 60 seconds so you can spot the Washington Monument, The Jefferson Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Check out these other national parks that are in full bloom.
Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park, a chain of small islands off of the Southern California coast, has a unique biome that allows for all types of plants, animals, and sea life to call this place home. In fact, many of these plants and animals are only found at Channel Islands National Park. You can virtually get up close to some of the underwater creatures by viewing the underwater live ocean webcam. Be on the lookout for the over 1,000 different types of marine species that call this part of the ocean their home. When you're done, check out these 20 incredible underwater photos.
Statue of Liberty National Monument
The symbol of freedom is still standing tall in New York Harbor, and you can get a peek at Lady Liberty through the live webcam. The Statue of Liberty National Monument webcam shows off views of the New York City skyline, the Hudson River, ships in the harbor, and of course the Statue of Liberty herself. If you're an early riser you can catch the sunrise over the city and Statue of Liberty each morning. See if you can guess the original color of the Statue of Liberty.
Yellowstone National Park
If visiting Old Faithful, the most famous of Yellowstone National Park's 500+ natural geysers, is on your bucket list, tune into the live webcam of Old Faithful and wait for her to erupt, spewing water up from the ground. The park in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho has eight other webcams, though they're all static. While you're watching, see if you can spot some of Yellowstone's amazing wildlife.