Do you feel and miss not being in nature? You are still waiting outside, but you can take a step towards them through these virtual camping websites and nature tourism apps.
Sometimes you can’t get on the roads, take the road to the highway. You can visit virtual museums at home
The 7 best virtual museums you can visit without leaving home
or disappear in the wild through these virtual travel sites and apps.
Explore a virtual tour of Yosemite Nature Park, head to battle in the deepest cave in the world, grab the stern north of Aurora Borealis. And you can even join a live interactive outing where you have to tell the person where to go.
1. Virtual Yosemite (Network): Virtual tour of a world-famous national park
Virtual reality photographer Scott Highton shot panoramas of stunning Yosemite Nature Park to create a virtual tour experience. The team also captured the sounds of each separate environment to make you feel like you’re there. Now if only virtual reality could capture odors…
You start at Glacier Point, high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Each panoramic point also has a soundtrack that includes both natural sounds (such as water blowing into the water) and human sounds (growls and camera clicks). A small writing box tells you more about the point of interest.
You can let the camera rotate automatically to get a full 360 view of the area, or pan and scan manually. In most panoramas, you can also zoom in and out. The red markings in each image indicate other points you can jump to. To quickly move between points, use the panorama index or the map.
The Virtual Yosemite tour is also a great Leanback experience. The site randomly switches to new locations every two minutes. I recommend that you visit it through your smart TV browser and let it do its magic.
2. Son of Doong Cave (Web): Explore the world’s largest cave with Nat Geo
Hang Son Doong, or “mountain cave,” was discovered quite late in a remote part of downtown Vietnam. Before tourists passed it, the National Geographic team captured 360-degree interactive photos and virtual reality content for you to explore the pristine cave.
Navigate around the virtual cave with your mouse, keyboard, or touch screen. With certain phones and tablets, you can also move the tablet in any direction to “look around.” It’s pretty cool, almost like a tablet is a window to the world.
On the left is a brief description of what you are looking at, on the right is a map of the entire Son Doong Cave. Click on any map to navigate quickly, but taking a guided step-by-step tour is clearly a better experience.
The team captured the sounds of each cave’s unique environment to add a sense of virtual reality. Some subjects have very high resolution images, over 500 megapixels. The app notifies you when you’re in such a place, so you can zoom in on small details from a fascinating environment.
3. Faeroes (Web): Guides the hiker through their webcam
Like most tourist destinations, the Faroe Islands had to close due to a coronavirus pandemic. But administrators have come up with one of the most ingenious ways to do distance travel. They have created a virtual tour, like a video game, so you can explore 18 islands.
A local official or islanders attach a helmet with a camera and a backpack with instructions. The official’s view is presented as live viewers around the world. And these spectators, sitting in the comfort of their homes, take turns to rule the islands.
With the virtual remote control you can get the archipelago to go in any direction, drive or jump. Activities including hiking, sailing, horseback riding and even taking (and managing) a helicopter ride.
It is an unprecedented virtual study of the islands, their pristine and pristine habitat and its 80,000 sheep (from which it takes its name). The whole thing is a fun interactive experience that works on both computers and smartphones. Visit the website to see the countdown to the start of the next virtual round and set an alarm.
4. Virtual Aurora tours (Web): Snow-covered forests and northern lights in VR
Among the white snow and clear skies, the Earth sets a spectacular light show for people. When the solar winds interfere with the magnetosphere, you can look at the edges or the Aurora Boreal in certain areas. Lights Over Lapland captured the experience of visiting Aurora Boreal on a virtual reality trip.
This is a series of YouTube videos where you can move the pan and scan in the active video to change the angle of the camera. It’s especially breathtaking at some activities, like a virtual dog sled ride taken from a first-person perspective. Watch the breathtaking riding around the snow-covered forest.
Other videos from this Swedish VR tour include an ice hotel, Lake Torneträsk and reindeer. But the highlight is the traffic lights above Abisko National Park. You can pause the camera transfer, but I find it a better experience to let the video play in the loop by changing the angle so often.
5. Napsautustehoste (Web, Android, iOS): Dive underwater using whales
Watch virtual reality movies for free on this great site
is one of the great interactive movies among its apps and websites. For those who love the sea, dive into the virtual waters and check out the dolphins and whales ’unique clickable communication.
Marine scientists Fabrice Schnoller and Fred Buyle recorded 360 degrees of their free dives of video and audio (i.e., dives without oxygen tanks). 100 meters underwater, they investigated and captured clicks between mammals and investigated the shipwreck. It has turned into a fascinating underwater dive for those who are unable to dive.
The click effect is best seen with the WITHIN app on phones or a VR headset, as you can move the device to watch. But it also works perfectly on a computer screen. Schnoller and Buyle’s occasional comments may disrupt the surrounding environment, but it’s not a trader.
The best Google Earth Virtual Tours
It’s impossible to ignore Google Earth when it comes to virtual tours. It offers an unprecedentedly fascinating experience, especially when Google gets access to places that others can’t. It was hard to pick one trip, so we rounded up the best Google Earth virtual tours
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you can explore from the comfort of your home.