Traveling is undoubtedly one of the best joys we can receive out of life. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, travel has been placed on hold all over the world as we aim to stay safe and stop the spread. However, just because you can’t hop on a plane or a boat doesn’t mean the traveling has to stop! Embark on a virtual journey from the comfort of your home with these lovely virtual tours.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the largest building-construction projects ever undertaken. It consists of numerous walls that were built over some two millennia across northern China and southern Mongolia. It has been regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, but construction first began way back in the 7th century BCE. Each year the remarkable structure draws over 10 million people, with the most famous section of the wall (Badaling) having been visited by over 300 heads of state and VIPs from across the globe. You can travel here virtually via thechinaguide.com.
Andes Mountains, Peru
Machu Picchu is located in the middle of a tropical rainforest high up in the famous Andes Mountains, 7,972 feet above sea level. It’s the Incan Empire’s most impressive urban creation, which was built in the 15th century. When the Spaniards conquered the Incan Empire later in the 16th century, Machu Picchu was abandoned and forgotten. It was rediscovered in 1911 and by 1976, 30% of it had been restored and recovered after being left alone for decades. It’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can travel here virtually via artsandculture.google.com.
Petra is an ancient red sandstone city surrounded by mountains full of passages and gorges. It’s one of the world’s most famous archeological sites thanks to its impressive tomb and temple structure, religious high places, and Hellenistic architectural design. It was built in the 3rd century BC by the Nabataeans with full churches, temples, tombs, and theaters. The Nabataeans controlled trade routes from within Petra, profiting from the caravans that would pass through. In AD 555 there was an earthquake that destroyed much of the city, and later when trade routes began to alter, it was left abandoned. The most striking structures are still standing today, making it a gorgeous and extraordinary sight. You can travel here virtually via Google Street View.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument; it drew in 9.6 million visitors just last year alone! It was first built in 1546 by the order of Francis I—an avid art collector, he had the Louvre built right into his former castle. Each monarch after him continued the tradition, adding to the precious art collection little by little. In 1682, it stopped functioning as a royal residence when Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles and in 1793, it was opened up to the public as a museum. The collection here is immense, with works dating back to early ancient civilizations while also housing newer mid-19th century pieces. You can travel here virtually via louvre.fr.
If you’ve got VR goggles, you’re in for a treat! The Japan National Tourism Organization crafted a 360° virtual reality video that allows you to explore some of Tokyo’s most famous tourist attractions one after the other! You can feed a deer, walk across the world-famous Shibuya road crossing, win a Pikachu toy from a claw machine, catch a show at Kawaii Monster Café, and stroll through Nara Park, to name a few. You can travel here virtually via visitjapan-europe.jnto.go.jp.
The Vatican Museums
Vatican City, Italy
The Vatican Museums are known all throughout the world for their breathtaking art, fascinating sculptures, and intriguing history. They house the art collection of the Popes, which began in the 15th century, and includes works from mankind’s most extraordinary artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Bernini, Caravaggio, and others. The virtual tour allows you to check out various rooms and museums like the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, Chiaramonti Museum, and Niccoline Chapel. You can even gaze at Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel! You can travel here virtually via museivaticani.va.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is one of the most sought-after destinations on Earth and for good reason! The ivory-white marble mausoleum is an awe-inspiring sight and is regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings ever created. Its design owes a lot to Mughal architecture which blends styles from India, Persia, and Islam together. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahān, who had it built to immortalize his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. More than 20,000 workers were employed to build the huge mausoleum between 1632 and 1643, and the surrounding gardens and buildings were completed five years later. In the virtual tour, you can view the Taj Mahal from different angles and even peek inside the mosque! You can travel here virtually via airpano.com.