This is How You Can Virtually Tour National Parks & Historic Sites
The National Parks Service and Google Earth provide access to national parks virtual tours
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Yellowstone National Park - runs through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Watch a livestream of Yellowstone’s famous Old Faithful Geyser, in addition to eight other static webcams of the park, from home. You can also take a closer look at the park’s other geysers with an overview of the Geyser Basin and 3-D Models.
National Parks Virtual Tours on Google Earth
Google Earth gives access to over 30 virtual tours, allowing you to travel between various national parks with ease. You can use your cursor to adjust the images and travel interactively, as if you are walking through the parks yourself. While there are several parks to choose from, here are a few of the most unique online touring opportunities available.
Canyonlands National Park - Moab, UT
Overlook the scenic Colorado River and watch the sunrise through the famous Mesa Arch with this virtual experience.
Death Valley National Park - Death Valley, CA
This virtual tour gives you a closer look at Rhyolite, Death Valley’s most popular ghost town, which has been popularly used as a Hollywood movie set. Visit the park’s most notable landmarks, including Badwater Basin, North America’s lowest point, and Titus Canyon, a ghost town with vibrant rocks.
Joshua Tree National Park - Twentynine Palms, CA
Travel through the rugged rocks and vast desert landscapes of Joshua Tree National park on Google Maps. Hike through the Cholla Cactus Garden, peruse the Barker Dam and enjoy the breathtaking Key’s View, all without breaking a sweat.
Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park, CO
Explore the Colorado park that includes protected mountains, forests, and alpine tundras. This Google Earth tour enables you to visit high altitudes, no hike necessary!
Virgin Islands National Park - St John, U.S Virgin Islands
Trek through the 3-mile Reef Bay Trail and visit Trunk Bay’s gorgeous white sand beaches at this Virgin Islands landmark.
Main image: A screenshot of the Hamilton Grange National Memorial virtual tour, hosted by actor Jordan Fisher