29 National Parks Virtual Tours to Keep Your Family Entertained

29 National Parks Virtual Tours to Keep Your Family Entertained

Now that schools have shut down and the country is temporarily on hold owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, being in a house filled with kids with nothing to entertain them is the stuff of nightmares. However, we’ve got you covered. Rather than allow them while away time and get in your way, here is something to keep them entertained: a virtual tour. Right from the comfort of your own home, they can explore these parks virtually, allowing them to learn and have fun at the same time. [1]

Powered by Google Earth, these national parks can be explored in a 2D or 3D format. They can walk around the parks and get to experience these amazing places like they are physically present. In the video, a local ranger acts as a tour guide and gives them information on these places. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these 29 amazing parks.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

The black canyon of the Gunnison national park is located in western Colorado, the U.S. It was initially established as a national monument in 1933 before being elevated to the status of a national park in 1999.

Derived from its black-stained, lichen-covered walls, the black canyon has roads on both south and north rims, with foot trails and overlooks that reach about 2,400 meters above sea level. The black canyon houses rock squirrels, foxes, coyotes, bald and golden eagles, mule deers, bobcats, and a wide variety of eagles. 

Sequoia National Park

The Sequoia National Park is located in the forested area of Sierra Nevada, California, the U.S. The park was established in the year 1890 to protect one of the world’s oldest and largest living things: the giant sequoias. To the eastern boundary of this park, lies Mount Whitney. The monument itself measures about 1,326 square miles.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah, the U.S. It is adjacent to the Colorado River, and north of Moab. As the name suggests, this Park contains the highest density of sandstone arches in the world. It comprises more than 2,000 unique formations and geological resources, one of which includes the famous Delicate Arch.

The park, which was redesignated as a national park in 1971, consists of 76,679 acres.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is located in Utah, near the town of Springdale. The park features breathtaking scenery and canyon walks that are tan-colored and reddish. The park has an unusual variety of animals and plants and consists of mountains, rivers, canyons, natural arches, rivers, and monoliths.

Acadia National Park

Renamed the Acadia National Park in 1929, this beauty is located in the state of Maine, southwest of Bar Harbor, U.S. It preserves many smaller islands, the Schoodic Peninsula on the coast of Maine, and the Mount Desert Island. The park, comprising ocean coastline, lakes, wetlands, mountains, and ponds, sits on a total of 49,075 acres. It houses wildlife such as black bears, turtles, salamanders, wood frogs, white-tailed deers, waterfowl, and 331 birds.

Badlands National Park

Located in South Dakota, United States, Badlands National Park sits on a staggering 244,000 acres of pinnacles, spires, eroded butter, and mixed-grass prairie. Riddled by erosion, the park is desolation at its purest, in picturesque and sedimentary layers of red and orange, volcanic ash, and purple and yellow.

Big Bend National Park

Located in southwest Texas, the Big Bend National Park includes a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert and the entire Chisos mountain range. It is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, which include mountain lions, tarantulas, coyotes, Burberry sheep, roadrunners, rattlesnakes, javelinas, 1,300 different species of plants, 75 different mammals, and 450 species of birds.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Established on February 25, 1928, Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Southwestern, Utah. It sits on 38,835 acres and receives millions of recreational visitors yearly. Despite having the canyon in its name, what sets it apart is the collection of giant natural amphitheaters formed by nature along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The side range of colors from the sedimentary rock provide for a spectacular view for park visitors.

Grand Teton National Park

Named after Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range, the park is located in Wyoming, United States. It was established on the 26th of February, 1929. It is home to over a thousand species of vascular plants, 300 pieces of birds, over a dozen fish species, some reptiles and amphibians as well.

Glacier National Park

It sits on a mind-blowing 1.13 million acres of land!

Located in north-western Montana, the park has hundreds of animals, 130 named lakes, and different species of plants. The park is home to moose, grizzly bears, species of birds, various fishes, reptiles, amphibians, wolverine, lynxes, mountain goats, diverse species of birds, etc.

Other parks include:

11) Channel Islands National Park

12) Cuyahoga Valley National Park

13) Everglades National Park

14) Death Valley National Park

15) Guadalupe Mountains National Park

16) Great Smoky Mountain National Park

17) Dry Tortugas National Park

18) Joshua Tree National Park

19) Redwood National and State Parks

20) Shenandoah National Park

21) Yellowstone National Park

22) Grand Canyon National Park

23) Denali National Park

24) Canyonlands National Park

25) Big Bend National Park

26) Acadia National Park

27) Mount Rainier National Park

28) Olympic National Park

29) Wind Cave National Park

While we wait for this situation to pass, we hope your kids can enjoy all the breathtaking scenery of these places.

References

  1. Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours.Tech Crunch. Sarah Perez. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  2. Google Earth is offering tours of 31 national parks, and suddenly being stuck inside isn’t so bad.AOL. Dillon Thompson. Accessed March 20, 2020.
  3. Learn what you can do with Google Earth!. GNI. Accessed March 20, 2020.
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