Take a Virtual Tour of Every National Park in the Northeast & Southeast

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We scoured the internet to discover the best virtual tours of each of the 62 U.S. national parks and compiled them in one place for your convenience.

In this section, we’ve grouped all parks in the Northeast and Southeast regions together. Here, you can embark on virtual visits to nine national parks located in Maine, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

From self-guided tours on Google Earth and high-definition video expeditions on Google’s Arts & Culture portal to live webcams and a rich variety of documentaries and dynamic videos uploaded by park enthusiasts on YouTube, these virtual journeys will transport you to the most beautiful and exciting destinations for outdoor adventures across the Eastern United States, allowing you to get a taste of the country’s truly unique and highly diverse natural wonders.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park
Location: Maine
Area: 76.68 mi2
Established: July 8, 1916
Official site: NPS

Acadia National Park is America’s only national park located in the Northeast region of the country. Located primarily on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, the park’s landscape is characterized by woodland, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured mountain tops. The park is also home to the highest point on the United States’ East Coast, Cadillac Mountain. Some of the wildlife you can encounter in the region include moose, bears, whales and seabirds.

Virtual Tours of Acadia National Park:

Biscayne National Park

Location: Florida
Area: 270.27 mi2
Established: June 28, 1980
URL: NPS

Biscayne National Park is one of the three parks on this list found in the Sunshine State. Located in the northern Florida Keys, this national park features unique coral reefs and islands that are accessible only by boat.

An integral part of Biscayne National Park is the Biscayne Bay Lagoon that is home to various animal species, including dolphins, turtles and pelicans. The lagoon’s underwater Maritime Heritage Trail features various dive sites, including a significant number of shipwrecks.

Virtual Tours of Biscayne National Park:

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park
Location: South Carolina
Area: 41.06 mi2
Established: November 10, 2003
URL: NPS

Congaree National Park is the only destination on this list located in South Carolina and its designation as a national park is the successful result of decades-long efforts to preserve the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. The park is home to some of the tallest trees in the eastern part of the country. Collectively, they have created one of the highest temperate deciduous forests in the world.

Some of the animals that you can encounter in the woods include bobcats, deer, coyotes and feral pigs, while the park’s waters are home to various creatures like amphibians, turtles, snakes, and various types of fish. The park is named after the Congaree River that flows through it.

Virtual Tours of Congaree National Park:

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park
Location: Florida
Area: 101.1 mi2
Established: January 4, 1935
URL: NPS

Dry Tortugas is a U.S. national park comprising a group of seven islands found in the Gulf of Mexico not far from Key West, Florida. As the name suggests, there is a large number of sea turtles that call the park and its surrounding waters home. Garden Key is the most prominent of the park’s islands as that is where the famous 19-century Fort Jefferson is located. Nearby Loggerhead Key features a lighthouse, while the Loggerhead Reef is a popular dive spot largely due to the Windjammer Wreck, which is the name designated to the remains of an 1875 ship.

Virtual Tours of Dry Tortugas National Park:

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park
Location: Florida
Area: 2,357.8 mi2
Established: May 30, 1934
URL: NPS

Everglades National Park is by far the largest national park found in the Sunshine State. Located on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, the park’s terrain is defined by coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes, and pine flatwoods.

Everglades is famous for the rich variety of animals that reside within its bounds, but most prominently for the numerous types of gators, caimans and crocodiles found in and around its waters. Other species that are characteristic for the area include the endangered leatherback turtle, the Florida panther, and the West Indian manatee.

Virtual Tours of Everglades National Park:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Location: North Carolina & Tennessee
Area: 816 mi2
Established: June 15, 1934
URL: NPS

With 12.5 million annual visitors, Great Smoky Mountains is the most popular national park in the United States. It covers large areas of both North Carolina and Tennessee, and its sprawling landscape features lush forests and vast fields of wildflowers that bloom throughout the year, making sure you’ll enjoy some gorgeous views regardless of the time of year you visit. The park features a segment of the Appalachian Trail and there are many streams, waterfalls and rivers you can observe along its numerous hiking routes.

Virtual Tours of Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Location: Kentucky
Area: 82.63 mi2
Established: July 1, 1941
URL: NPS

Mammoth Cave National Park is located in central Kentucky and, as the name suggests, its main feature is the prominent Mammoth Cave. With more than 400 miles of surveyed passageways, it is the longest cave system in the world.

As you can guess, the park is mostly populated with various species of bats, including the Indiana bat, the gray bat, the little brown bat, the big brown bat, and the eastern pipistrelle bat. With so many bats congregating in one place, it might actually be a better idea to take a virtual tour of Mammoth Cave National Park instead of visiting in person, just sayin’.

Virtual Tours of Mammoth Cave National Park:

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park
Location: Virginia
Area: 311.2 mi2
Established: December 26, 1935
URL: NPS

Located in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park encompasses the Blue Ridge Mountains and, like the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it features a large portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. The park is mostly covered in forests with plenty of wetlands, waterfalls and rocky peaks scattered throughout. Some of the most prominent animal species that call this park home include black bears, coyotes, opossums, woodchucks and eastern cottontail rabbits.

Virtual Tours of Shenandoah National Park:

Virgin Islands National Park

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Location: St. John, USVI
Area: 112,287 mi2
Established: August 2, 1956
URL: NPS

Located on the fringe of the Caribbean Sea, the Virgin Island National Park encompasses the vast majority of St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This national park is characterized by numerous hiking trails offering stunning views of the surrounding water and nearby islands, but most prominently, it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Among those, Trunk Bay and Francis Bay stand out the most, as their waters feature sprawling coral reefs and a variety of creatures, including sea turtles.

Virtual Tours of Virgin Islands National Park:

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Staffo Dobrev

Staffo Dobrev

Having lived in some of the greatest cities in the world, Staffo has always had a soft spot for travel and adventures. Instead of hitting the usual tourist attractions, though, Staffo prefers to make friends with local people and check out fun places and activities that are not in the travel books.