Scenic views, fresh air, and unique natural wonders – these are just some of the many reasons millions of outdoor enthusiasts flock to the U.S. national parks every year. Spring is usually the time when most people swap their busy urban surroundings for a few days of hiking, camping and relaxing in the wild. However, we are currently living in some pretty unusual times where national parks are closed to the public and we need to stay home and abstain from non-essential travel.
To help satisfy some of those outdoor cravings without having to leave your house, we scoured the internet to find the best virtual tours of each of the 62 U.S. national parks and compiled them in one place for your convenience.
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 some of the best destinations for outdoor adventures across the country, allowing you to get a taste of the truly unique and highly diverse natural wonders of the United States and its outlying territories.
We arranged the parks in five different groups based on the regions that the National Park Service has established. That way, you can not only choose the specific part of the country you’re most excited to check out, but you will also easily notice the common features among different national parks based on the specific region where they are located.
Select a region from the list below and #LetsWanderu!
If you are not sure where to start, check out our study ranking the most instagrammed national parks. If you are after the most scenic views, it will surely come in handy. Then again, every park’s scenery is incredible in its own unique way.
As we go further into spring and the weather starts getting nicer, the desire to hit the trails or pitch a tent at the camping grounds is growing bigger by the minute. It’s true what they say – absence does make the (wanderlust-filled) heart grow fonder. After several weeks of stay-at-home quarantine, we are all craving at least a brief walk in the woods.
That’s why we hope these virtual tours will help satisfy some of that pent-up lust for the outdoors until we are able to travel freely again. And once that happens, Wanderu will be here to help you get there and see all this beauty in person.