Here’s How to Tour U.S. National Parks From the Comfort of Your Home During the Pandemic

by Jacklyn Krol
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You can now tour United States National Parks from the comfort of your own home.

Most people are staying home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, some National Parks are still open in real life with limited hours, you don’t have travel to experience them. Finally, there are countless U.S. National Parks that you can access a “virtual tour” via Google Earth and the National Parks Service.

Take a look at some of the most popular U.S. National Park virtual tours, below.

Badlands National Park

This Southwestern South Dakota National Park has 242,756 acres of land. The land was used as a hunting ground for Native Americans for 11,000 years. It’s known as the “Land of Stone and Light” with the picturesque landscape. The land is home to some of the most endangered animals in North America.  Visitors can find American Bison, Black-footed Ferrets, and Pronghorn here.

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Surprisingly, this is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States with 5,000 sites. Essentially, you can experience over 600 cliff dwellings from the Pueblo people from approximately 650 A.D. The “Cliff Palace” is considered to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America.

Wind Cave National Park

Have you ever wanted to explore a giant cave without getting lost? Here’s your chance. The park was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt and has 95% of the world’s boxwork formations. Furthermore, this is one of the longest caves on earth with over 149 miles explored and documented so far.

Virgin Islands National Park

Without a doubt, the Virgin Island National Park is one of the most unique parks. Did you know that two-thirds of the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands is a National Park? The Taino Indians left ancient petroglyphs on the Reef Bay Trail. Additionally, you can take a virtual tour of the Annaberg Sugar Plantation from the Danish Colonial Era. The scenery coupled with its history makes it a great place to visit.

Glacier National Park

Montana’s Glacier National Park features meadows, forests, lakes, and mountains. It lives on the Canadian and United States borders and houses over one million acres. In addition, the park has over 130 lakes with 1,000 species of animals. Obviously this is a must-see for nature lovers.

Crater Lake National Park

Undoubtedly, your first stop in Oregon should be to Crater Lake National Park. The crater came to be through a volcanic eruption and collapse by Mount Mazama. Additionally, it’s the fifth oldest National Park in our country. It’s also one of the top ten deepest lakes in the world. Overall, this is a place that should be on every bucket list.