10 Iconic Sites around the World to Visit from Your Home

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Travel with your kids from the safety and comfort of your couch at home!

Why limit your travels to the kitchen from your living room, when you can see the world? With the current COVID-19 situation and circuit breaker in place, we understand if you get tired of the interior of your house.

Add a little zest to your day by going on a virtual tour to iconic places around the world! And in these tours, there’s no hassle to traveling with kids!

1. Tower Bridge | London

Tower Bridge - London, England
Source: Google Earth

Visit: Tower Bridge

Located in London, England, the Tower Bridge is sometimes confused with the London Bridge, which is located a little way upstream. Built in the late 1800s, the highlight of this popular tourist destination, includes the glass floor walkways and historic Engine Rooms, housing coal-driven engines which once powered the Bridge Lifts.

While you won’t be able to walk through the bridge, you will be able to feast your eyes on the architecture of the bridge.

2. The Louvre | Paris

The Lourve - Paris, France
Source: The Lourve

Visit: The Louvre

A historic monument located in Paris, France, The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum. First established in the late 18th century with an exhibition of about 500 paintings, the museum’s collections have steadily increased over the years and today houses nearly 40,000 objects from prehistory to 21st century.

On the museum’s website, you can go on virtual tours around the different exhibit rooms and galleries, from peeking into the building’s medieval past to staring up at the high ceilings of the Apollo Gallery.   

3. Buckingham Palace | London

Buckingham Palace - London, England
Source: Buckingham Palace

Visit: Buckingham Palace

Walking up the Grand Staircase of the Buckingham Palace like a royalty might be a dream on hold for now, but you can still tour the luxurious palace virtually. From the Grand Staircase and Throne Room to the White Drawing Room, not only will you be able to tour the place, but you will also be able to learn more about the objects in the palace like the Portrait of Queen Alexandra and the Chairs of Estate.

4. The Great Barrier Reef | Australia

The Great Barrier Reef - Australia
Source: David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef

Visit: The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral system, is nature’s wonder and you’ll know why when you lay your eyes on the place. You can explore this colorful coral reef system, larger than the Great Wall of China, with David Attenborough. Interactive maps, audios, videos, and facts, will bring you on a learning journey about the reef.

5. Sistine Chapel | Vatican City

Sistine Chapel - Vatican City
Source: Vatican Museums

Visit: Sistine Chapel

Famed for its Renaissance frescoes by Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel attracts hordes of visitors. The interior walls and ceilings of this centuries-old chapel is decked out in frescoes by not just Michelangelo but also other renowned artists, such as Sandro Botticelli, Cosimo Rosselli and Bartolomeo della Gatta, and you’ll be able to lay your eyes on all of which, without even having to fly to Vatican City.

6. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park | Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Hawaii
Source: Google Arts and Culture

Visit: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Situated on Hawaii Island, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to not one, but two active volcanoes—Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. And if you ever wanted to fly over an active volcano, you can. You can also explore the Nahuku Lava Tube and look out across volcanic cliffs in this virtual guided tour.  

7. Mount Rushmore National Memorial | South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial - South Dakota, United States
Source: Google Arts and Culture

Visit: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

The massive sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, sculpted into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is quite a sight to behold, which is probably why the place attracts over millions of visitors annually.

8. Grand Canyon | Arizona

Grand Canyon - Arizona, United States
Source: Google Arts and Culture

Visit: Grand Canyon

Known for its vast size and intricate landscape, the Grand Canyon with its peaks, plateaus and gorges, is another one of nature’s wonders. And there are many ways you can experience the Grand Canyon, including by going on a virtual tour.

9. Blenheim Palace | Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace - Oxford, England
Source: Blenheim Palace

Visit: Blenheim Palace

A World Heritage Site, the Blenheim Palace, built in the 18th century, was where Sir Winston Churchill was born. Today, the palace is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Charles James (Jamie) Spencer-Churchill.

You can take a 360-degree tour of some of the palace’s rooms like The Saloon, First State Room and the Red Drawing Room. You can even experience the rooms in VR mode if you have a virtual reality headset.

10. Hang Sơn Đoòng | Vietnam

Hang Sơn Đoòng - Vietnam
Source: National Geographic

Visit: Hang Sơn Đoòng

Nestled within the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest natural cave. National Geographic has preserved a digital version of the cave before extensive tourism developments greatly alter its untouched state with Son Doong 360.

Also Read: Stay Home and Visit the World | Virtual Tours to Help The Family Explore Beyond Your Home


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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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