Though we may not be able to get out and see the world right now, there’s still plenty we can explore virtually. Relive childhood favorite rides at Disney World, wander bucket list museums, and take in the stunning views of natural phenoma like our national parks and the Northern Lights, all from the comfort of your couch. Here are some virtual experiences that we’ve been enjoying lately.
If you had to cancel a planned trip to the Magic Kingdom, you’re not alone. Try to recreate the magic of Disney with the next best thing: Curling up with the kids to watch some POV videos from the parks’ most iconic rides. Here are two of our favorites: Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland and Splash Mountain at Disney World.
Though some U.S. national parks remain open, a few of the largest—Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Great Smoky Mountains—aren’t currently allowing visitors. In the meantime, take a guided tour of some of the national parks’ most unique features with this completely interactive virtual reality experience from Google. Delve deep into New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, venture into a crevasse in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords, and explore Hawaii’s volcanoes.
Has the Louvre always been on your bucket list? Skip the flight across the Atlantic and explore some of its most famous exhibits, like its Egyptian antiquities, from your couch. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is another institution partnering with Google to provide an online look at its vast collection of more than 5,000 years worth of art—you’ll have plenty of time to ponder as you remotely wander its halls. And in the Vatican, virtually view famous works like the School of Athens and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
For most of us, seeing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Though it’s not quite the same as seeing it in person, this live cam of a field in Manitoba, Canada, provides the perfect wide-open sky for prime viewing of the aurora borealis. The lights may not be lighting up your screen the first time you check in, but part of the fun is coming back to see if you can actually catch it live.