Following Your Virtual GPS: Traveling America from the Comfort of Your Home

With each day bringing new closures and cancellations as we work together as a nation to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s natural to feel a little anxious. If you had to cancel a long-awaited vacation, school trip or spring break getaway, you might even feel angry or disappointed. And if you’re one of the many parents now schooling their children at home, the prospect of hunkering down for weeks on end may be, quite frankly, rather daunting.

Although none of us can control much of what’s going on right now, we do have the choice to move beyond our initial worries and woes to make the best of a not-so-great situation. We can choose to look at this an opportunity to slow down, reconnect as a family, discover new things – and maybe even some new places!

Thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, there’s a whole world out there just waiting for you to explore, right in the comfort of your own home. In recent years, hundreds of museums, national parks, zoos and other attractions have made virtual tours, videos, live cams and other discovery resources available online. Now is a great time to tap into these free resources, whether it’s to stave off boredom, satisfy your cravings for adventure, or keep kids learning while school is out. A virtual visit to Yellowstone National Park, for example, offers not only great views but also the opportunity to learn about history, geology and geography.

This roundup of virtual attractions will allow you to follow your virtual GPS across the U.S. There’s no need to pack a bag, but you might want to bring some snacks. Let’s get started!



From historic villages and world-famous zoos, to smaller regional and local sights, there’s a wealth of attractions to explore across the U.S.

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