We miss nature too. The smells, animals, plants, fresh air, and scenic views. All of it. Every spring, Americans travel to one or more of the 61 national parks to get their fix of the great outdoors. Since that’s not an option for most this year, we searched the Internet for the best virtual tours of the U.S. national parks.
From self-guided tours to live webcams, it’s like you can feel the wind with every breeze. Below, we share our favorite five virtual parks. Remember, all 61 are online via Wanderu.com. It might be fun to scroll through the list and plan out your next vacation once COVID passes since we recommend you stay home and save the traveling for a later date.
Covering six million acres of wildlife, Denali is one of the biggest parks in Alaska. Located on the southeast side, Denali is named after the tallest peak in North America, Mount Denali. Fun fact: it also surrounds the peak. Visitors of the park enjoy backpacking, biking, hiking, and mountaineering. In addition to the scenic views, you’ll see tundras, glaciers, and spruce forests.
This Virginia park scores major points as it’s home to a large piece of the famous Appalachian Trail. Beautiful waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, rocky peaks and songbirds are perfectly scattered throughout the park.
Near the Canadian border, Voyageurs is nestled on the northern tip of Minnesota. Home to three big lakes: Rainy, Kabetogama and Namakan. This park has it all. Ellsworth Rock Gardens features sculptures on a terrace near Kabetogama Lake. In between Lake Rainy and Lake Namakan is Kettle Falls where you can easily look over to see Canada.
The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America. When visiting in the spring or summer, you’re privy to see the seasonal Medano Creek. The Medano pass trail will lead you to forests and alpine lakes.
We saved the best for life with this California beauty. Comprised of five islands: Anacapa, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Miguel and Santa Rosa; each island has unique features to offer. Anacapa has an untouched lighthouse from 1932. Santa Cruz is packed with unique caves including the large Painted Cave. Santa Rosa houses Torrey pines. San Miguel and Santa Rosa have thousands of seabirds and seals.
While national parks have opened to the public recently, they are limiting the number of people per day due to COVID-19 so we recommend staying home for your own safety.
Photo via National Park Service