Google Earth launches virtual tours of 31 national parks

Siobháin Spear
Mar 29, 2020

Explore some of the world’s most incredible vistas without leaving your home.

Are you missing the outdoors, the fresh air and the beauty of the natural world? You’re not alone. Social distancing and staying at home can, quite quickly, take its toll on your emotional wellbeing, which is why it’s important to take time away from the non-stop COVID-19 news.

If you have yet to discover the wonder of Google Earth, then now is your chance. Offering you the opportunity to explore some of world’s most incredible national parks without leaving your living room, Google Earth has launched virtual tours of 31 national parks in the United States.

Here are 3 of the 31 National park views that we recommend projecting onto your TV screen; don’t forget to add them to your bucket list for a future trip to the States.

Yosemite

Reflections of the lakes set to the backdrop of the mountains in Glacier National Park

Yosemite Valley is framed by waterfalls and the two granite monoliths, El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite National Park in California is home to jaw-dropping natural landscapes across a 1,200 square-mile adventurer’s playground. You can expect towering waterfalls, iconic cliff faces and hiking trails for all levels of experience. If you want more than the Google Earth experience right now, then stream Free Solo and watch one man’s intimate journey as he attempts to scale El Capitan — without a rope.

Glacier National Park

Long-exposure shot of a waterfall on a sunny day in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park offers the serene escape to nature that we could all do with right now. The national park is a wilderness area that sits in Montana’s Rocky Mountains and boast glacier-carved peaks that sit as the backdrop to the valleys that run to the Canadian border. The Hidden Lake is a photographer’s canvas, the outdoor activities are an adventurer’s dream, and the grizzly bears dare to be sighted — from a very safe distance.

Grand Canyon

dawn on the S rim of the Grand Canyon

Hiking, helicopter rides, white-water rafting: there are so many ways to see and experience Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a geological history that dates back for million of years, and the colorful layered rock creates rugged vistas that are recognizable to the world.

Why not stream a nature-inspired playlist while you mentally whisk yourself away to some of these incredible national parks?

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