Right now we don’t have the ability to travel, we are well aware of that fact.
However, it doesn’t mean we can’t see the world. Thanks to the wonders of technology, some of the most storied cultural landmarks, natural wonders, and famous museums and galleries around the globe offer virtual tours so you can explore from the comfort of your own home.
The Louvre, arguably the most famous museum in Paris, offers virtual tours of its Egyptian Antiquities collection, the remains of the building’s moat (the Louvre was originally a fortress), and the gilded vaulted ceilings of the Galerie d’Apollon.
National Museum of African American History and CultureOver in Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Magazine offers an online interactive tour with thoughtful factoids about the building design and exhibition halls of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Google Earth gives you the ability to stand under cloudless skies next to the Great Pyramids at Giza, walk the perimeter of the Roman Colosseum and take in multiple views of the majestic Taj Mahal (the best being an aerial view of both the Taj Mahal and Humayun’s Tomb).
Photography-centric website AirPano offers 360-degree aerial photos and videos of landmarks around the globe and panoramic shots of the world’s most vibrant cities. Check out remarkable photos of the Great Wall of China, the glittering lights of Dubai and the rose-red walls of Petra.
Although nothing can replace experiencing these sites and destinations in person, virtual tours, webcams and 360-degree panoramas are the best way to build anticipation and inspiration to check them off your bucket list when it finally is time to hit the road.