13 Virtual tours discovering the world from the comfort of home

Machu Picchu
Discover iconic locations around the world from the comfort of home including Machu Picchu (Shutterstock.com)

Indulge your passion for travel by touring some famous destinations and landmarks across the world, all from the comfort of home.

Discover incredible national parks, admire works of art or venture thousands of years back in time exploring some of the great wonders of the ancient world.

Thanks to wonders of modern technology, our list of 13 virtual tours available to try for free provide the perfect, memorable short adventures.

1. Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park (Shutterstock.com)

Explore one of America’s best-known national parks by taking an immersive tour through this amazing collection of natural landscapes.

Located in the state of Utah, the park is famous for its incredible, orange coloured spired rock formations and incredible Bryce amphitheatre.

Packed with formations referred to as ‘hoodoos’, this virtual tour from Google Arts & Culture stops by the famous sunset viewing point, lets you explore the night sky, see the hoodoos up close and takes you on a horseback ride through a canyon.

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2. Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher (Shutterstock.com)

One of Ireland’s most celebrated sights, the iconic Cliffs of Moher can now be experienced from the comfort of your home thanks to this scenic virtual tour.

‘Travellers’ can choose from a great selection of popular viewing points and even step inside the on-site Visitor Centre Dome!

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3. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Shuterstock.com)

Travelling right across the world to the Pacific, explore the natural wonders within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

On this interactive tour, readers will get to fly over an active volcano bubbling with lava, explore a lava tube and take in the views from the top of amazing volcanic cliffs.

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4. Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park (Shutterstock.com)

The perfect excuse to discover the renowned sights tucked away in the Alaskan wilderness, Kenai Fjords National Park is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Covering a vast area stretching over 600,000 acres, fantastic virtual experiences awaiting readers undergoing this tour include a rappel down into an ice crevasse, kayak ride gliding past icebergs and the chance to watch a monumental glacier slowly but surely recede up a mountainside.

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5. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu (Shutterstock.com)

Broken into stages, this virtual journey through the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu gives readers a choice of different popular points of interest to explore.

Starting with key overlook locations, the journey ventures into the heart of the ancient city before visiting the highest point on the site.

Readers can drag around the screen for 360 degrees to catch some awesome views of the surrounding valley below.

Time is also taken to let you meet the curious locals – Alpacas have claimed this once lost Incan treasure for themselves and can be found roaming around Machu Picchu.

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6. Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower (Shutterstock.com)

Step inside one of the world’s most famous landmarks on a virtual tour of the Eiffel Tower.

Standing just over 300 metres, this interactive tour takes travellers up to the viewing point where you can look across at the Parisian skyline.

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7. Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza (Shutterstock.com)

One of three wonders of the world to make our list, follow in the footsteps of the Pharaohs on a journey exploring the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Tracing over 5,000 years of history, these pyramids were originally built to serve as tombs for emperors.

During the tour, you are presented with a choice of pyramids to discover as well as The Great Sphinx, one of the most photographed places on the planet!

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8. The Louvre

The Louvre
The Louvre Museum (Shutterstock.com)

One of the world’s most famous museums and the home to the iconic Mona Lisa, consider a virtual visit to The Louvre.

Choose from a series of virtual tours exploring different collections and attractions within the museum ranging from admiring Egyptian antiquities to exploring medieval ruins from the time when The Louvre was used as a fortress.

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9. Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles (Shutterstock.com)

Just outside the French capital, after experiencing the country’s greatest landmark and admiring the collections on display at The Louvre, we thoroughly recommend taking a memorable tour of the Palace of Versailles.

Construction on this grand collection of buildings first started all the way back in the 17th century under the rule of King Louis XIV.

Learn about the palace’s fascinating history, get close to incredible works of art placed throughout and explore the iconic Hall of Mirrors, one of the most famous and grandest rooms in Europe.

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10. Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan (Shutterstock.com)

Tracing over 1,000 years of history, visit one of the great wonders of the world, the once lost ancient city of Petra.

Once a crucial trading post, the Nabataenean people carved the city of Petra into stone. Reached by following a narrow Siq (narrow canyon), the ancient treasury is the most famous part of the city.

However, there is much more to see. On this virtual tour, you will be taken beyond the Treasury, passing the Street of Facades, an ancient theatre, and the Temple of Qasr Al-Bint before reaching the towering High Monastery.

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11. The Faroe Islands (Remote Tourism)

Take a virtual trip around the beautiful Faroe Islands.

Yes, this collection of islands between Scotland and Iceland is given people the chance to ‘remote control’ a local islander from home.

This fantastic new opportunity gives people stuck at home during lockdown the chance to take virtual control of an islander, go hiking, take a helicopter trip or even go kayaking.

An interesting twist on the virtual experience, locals will be equipped with a video cameras.

From the comfort of home using a joypad to control their movements, the experience is much like a real life computer game.

These virtual tours are set to take place at least once daily until 25 April at the earliest.

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12. The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon, Arizona (Shutterstock.com)

One of the world’s greatest sights and over 200 miles in length, explore one of the most visited national parks in the USA virtually.

Stopping by key vantage points around the canyon including Grandview Point and Hopi Point, the virtual views are amazing!

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13. British Museum

Home to one of the largest collections in the world, the British Museum in London can be explored virtually.

The largest indoor space on Google Street View, virtual visitors can admire a fascinating range of exhibits from the comfort of home during the lockdown.

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