The next best thing when you can't get to your favorite National Parks in person is to take in one of the National Park Virtual Tours! These include several of the National Park sites as well. Check out the list below.
One of my kids, favorite things to do when we visit National Parks and National Park Sites is to get their junior rangers badges. Since you may not be able to do that in some Parks now make sure you check out these Online Junior Ranger Programs. You do the work at home and send it in and they send you your badge!
When Parks start to open again and you get in there to really look around don't forget to visit the Ranger Station so any kids traveling can get their National Park Passport stamped.
Thanks to Corrine and her Mom, Michelle for the amazing email sent to me. Corrine's Girl Scout Troop was earning their Arts and Culture Fun Patch and use this article to do activities required to earn the patch. Michelle and Corrine worked hard and even found a few more sites for Vitrual Tours. Here is what they found:
This one takes you on a virtual trip through the US and each state, and lists a historical landmark, museum or zoo you can check out.
This one is world wide and has tons of aquariums, zoos, parks and live cams for animals, plus famous world building and landmarks to enjoy.
Thanks Corrine and Michelle!
48 National Monuments & National Park Virtual Tours
This National Park has over 40 glaciers and this virtual tour lets you explore them in the Alaskan wilderness.
This National Park is all about the volcano and you can watch the flowing lava from your couch.
This National Park is in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico and is known for its over 100 caves. Tour the caves on this tour.
Known for its red and orange desert landscape and this tour is centered around the famous Sunset Point and takes in the night sky. Plus you can get close to their rock formations.
This park is one of the harder to get to ones being 70 miles off the coast of Key West. So being able to tours this Civil War-era fort from home is huge! It also has the world's 3rd largest coral reef right off its shore.
Now let's head to the National Park Service Site they have a lot more on there than you might think! They are most famous for their Yellowstone
Yellowstone now has several virtual tours of the famous area of the park including geysers, the mud volcano, mammoth hot springs, the grand canyon of Yellowstone, the fountain paint pots, and Fort Yellowstone.
The National Park Service also has over 4600 Videos Taken in the National Parks on their website. There are many animal encounters and there are some of the programs held in the part too. Some are just small tours.
Now let's take a look at the tours the National Park Service has on their website!
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Alaska – Tour several of the museum building on this historic park.
Kobuk Valley National Park – Located in Alsaka you can see the park and the visitor center.
Bandelier National Monument New Mexico – There are 4 tours along the popular hiking paths.
President Lincoln Home National Historic Site – Tour President Lincoln's 1839 home has been open to the public since 1887.
Grand Teton National Park – They offer several what they call eHikes, including the top of the Grand Teton.
Related: Must-See Grand Tetons National Park Scenic Drives
Monocacy National Battlefield Maryland – Tour the Worthington House on the property.
Gettysburg National Military Park – I love how they mix in history here including Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site Massachusetts – Tour the birthplace of president JFK located in Boston.
Statue of Liberty National Monument – Tour one of the most popular landmarks in the country!
Wupatki National Monument Arizona – Tour several areas of the park not open to the public!
Google Earth has 32 tours of National parks you can check out. See the Google Earth National Parks
Here are the parks listed
- Acadia National Park
- Arches National Park
- Badlands National Park
- Big Bend National Park
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Bruce Canyon National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Channel Islands National Park
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Denali National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Everglades National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Olympic National Park
- Redwood National and State Parks
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Shenandoah National Park
- Virgin Islands National Park
- Wind Cave National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Zion National Par
Which of the National Park Virtual Tours are you excited to do? I'm heading over to the Volcano National Park one in Hawaii now!