There are so many national parks across the country. Some we’ve been to, and some we plan to. We all have one thing in common… We all can use a vacation! Our days right now are all probably the same. Finally finishing old projects, catching up on chores, and binge-watching new shows. The game changer here is that we all can travel from home! We’ve put together a list of some national parks that have virtual tours. You read that correctly, traveling from your couch!
Lao Tzu once said, “Nature does not hurry, yet nature is accomplished.” This is especially important considering that it might be a while before we can check off some bucket-list destinations. Grab your blankets and popcorn and get ready to experience some beautiful parks! Below, you will find information on each park, as well as a link to the website!
All can be accessed here: Virtual Tours – Google
Grand Canyon National Park
Located in Arizona, this famous park was established in 1919. The park is known for the amazing viewpoints across the canyon. According to visitors, the Lipian Points are best to watch the sunrise and sunset because of the wide views of the canyon and the Colorado River. In the virtual tour, you’ll be able to see the canyon from some of their best points. The best part? Even if you’re planning in the future, one thing will always be certain. The South Rim of the park is open year-round!
Tour the Grand Canyon
Glacier National Park
This park was established in 1919 thanks to the early conservation efforts and the enormous size (1,013,322 acres, to be exact). Who doesn’t love animals? This park is known for being an international peace park, biosphere reserve, and world heritage site. It’s the home for one of the largest grizzly bear population. There are 700 miles of hiking trails, which you can experience virtually on the tour. Montana’s Glacier National Park has Lake McDonald, which is known for the mirror effect on the water. Get ready to relax!
Yellowstone National Park
This park is one that everyone should experience at least once. Yellowstone National Park, located in Wyoming, was the first national park! The park was entrusted to California to a reserved valley from settlement in the Yosemite Act of 1864. The land went on to be established in 1872. Home to roughly half the world’s hydrothermal features, the well-known Old Faithful is included. The Grand Prismatic Spring is another geyser that needs to be seen. If that didn’t peak your interest, the hundreds of animal species will definitely get your attention.
Yosemite National Park
Another well-known California park, and our nation’s third national park, was established in 1890. The land was first protected in 1864 during the Yosemite Act of 1864. In the park you can see the glowing rock faces around sunset, and beautiful forests and waterfalls. This park is another great hiking destination, because you’ll be hiking through sequoias. There are giant, ancient sequoia trees, that you can literally walk through the trunks in the Mariposa and Tuolumne Groves! There are so many great things to experience here, including El Capitan and Half Dome.
Kenai Fjords National Park
If you ever find yourself in Alaska, this park needs to be on your list. The park was established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Although it’s one of the states smallest parks, over 669,984 acres, there are so many sights to see. Along with the amazing scenery, there is amazing history and culture. Archeological evidence shows that the region had been home to Alaska natives for thousands of years. Today, there are almost 200 bird species and tons of land mammals. While in the park, you can see hoary marmots, northern bog lemmings, wolverines, five resident species of shrew, and so many more! Take a dive into the tour and kayak through Bear Glacier lagoon and climb into glacier crevasses. You’ll be a pro by the time you get there in person!
Tour Kenai Fjords
Grand Teton National Park
Do you love exploring and art? Grand Teton is an inspiration to many pieces of art, including one of Ansel Adams famous photographs. Founded in 1929, this Wyoming stretch of mountains is one of the youngest mountain ranges in the continent (less than 10 million years old)! The park encompasses the Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton Peak, and the valley known as the Jackson Hole. There are 200 miles of trails to explore. Check out the Snake River Overlook, you’ll soon be adding that spot to your bucket-list!
Tour Grand Teton
Bryce Canyon National Park
If you want to see deep-red rock formations, known as hoodoos, Bryce National Park is the way to go. The park is famous for the hoodoos, canyon views, Natural Bridge, and plateaus. There are four main points in this Utah park, one being Yovimpa Point. Here you can see the most ancient Bristlecone Pine in the park. The park is full of amazing plateaus as well. The plateaus have natural amphitheaters, or bowls, carved into them. It’s truly jaw-dropping, and you can see for yourself on the virtual tour!
Tour Bryce Canyon
Arches National Park
This park is in Utah’s highest desert, having the highest amount of natural arch formations in the world. Established in 1929, it is known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Some of the most popular arches are the Landscape Arch, Delicate Arch, and the Balanced Arch. Stretched across the 73,234 acres, you can look at some amazing views through the arches, acting as natural windows.
Volcanoes National Park
The Hawaiian park is home to two active volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Mauna Loa is taller than Mt. Everest when measuring from its base, and Kilauea is one of the earth’s most active volcanoes! The viewing of Kilauea was opened again after the infamous 2018 eruption but has since been temporarily closed. These volcanoes, including the Nahuku Lava Tube, can be found on the Big Island. This park was established in 1916 and protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cultural landscapes in the world.
Sequoia National Park
This Californian park was established in 1890 to protect the area from loggers. One of the most popular destinations in this park is taking a visit to General Sherman. First question you’re probably asking yourself is “who is that?”. General Sherman is a what, not a who! One of the worlds largest trees still stands and is known by General Sherman. Sequoia National Park also housed the infamous Tunnel Tree. You can still view the tree through videos and photos, but this iconic tree was brought down by a winter storm recently. However, be sure to check out the amazing underground crystal caves and Moro Rock, These add so much beauty to the park and are a must for your bucket-list!
Virgin Islands National Park
The beautiful Virgin Islands were founded in 1956 after Laurence Rockefeller stumbled upon this location. He donated the land to the National Park Service after discovery, and now holds so much history. The 14,737 acres is home to over 800 subtropical plant species, Taino rock carvings, and many animals! If you like the beach and beautiful views, kick back and enjoy!
Tour Virgin Islands
Everglades National Park
This 1.5-million-acre wetland preserve was established in 1947 and is home to 36 protected or endangered species. Located in Florida, you can expect to see leatherback sea turtles, West Indian manatees, American crocodiles, and Florida Panthers! This is the ultimate video tour to view wildlife while walking on the Anhinga Trail. Plus, you can’t get any better than being able to see some incredible animals!