These American National Parks Are Offering Free Virtual Tours
While Google has been releasing whimsical virtual reality games and programs for years now, today it has released an even more immersive way to explore the world from the comfort of home—360-degree scenic tours of the U.S. National Parks.
In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic leaving much of the world in quarantine, like most of the cultural leaders around the globe, Google is aiming to give those stuck inside new and entertaining experiences in virtual environments. The wilderness tours will give visitors a sense of what each park is like… without stepping outside.
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks is a new Google Arts & Culture interactive documentary and virtual exhibit that allows you to explore corners of the American wilderness that most people will never see.
Rather than featuring the internationally known national parks like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with five lesser-known and under the radar parks for you to explore. Spanning from deserts to snow-peaked mountains, each park features a unique climate. This includes Alaska’s Kenai Fjords, Hawaiian volcanoes, the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Florida’s Dry Tortugas, and the Bryce Canyon in Utah.
Each virtual tour is guided by a local ranger who shares facts and relevant figures as they lead you through the wild. It’s not just a quick walk in the park, either—depending on your destination you can do things like fly over active volcanoes in Hawaii or kayak through the snowy fjords in Alaska.
If you’re ready to check into your own private park tour, you’ll find all five locations online in the Google Arts & Culture App on both iOS and Android.