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Venture out on Amazing Virtual Tours Without Leaving Home

Sometimes we’re stuck at home and we go a little stir crazy. For those with limited mobility issues, this is a common occurrence. Thanks to today’s modern technology, we’re able to venture out to places all over the world. In this light, here are some amazing virtual tours we can take right from the comfort of our couch.

Walk The Great Wall of China

We’ll begin our online VR tour at one of the seven wonders of the modern world by exploring The Great Wall of China. Stretching thousands of miles across several provinces of northern Asia, it’s one of the most impressive structures on our planet. Additionally, you won’t need a plane ticket or passport to virtually stroll one of China’s most popular tourist attractions.

Visit National Parks

The United States National Parks services and Google Arts & Culture platform have teamed up to offer at least five epic virtual adventures for tourists to enjoy from indoors. These virtual tours include exploring:

  • The glaciers and waterways of the Kenai Fjords in the Alaskan wilderness offer a lot. Indeed, it includes a kayak ride through these marine straits and a hike across the tundra
  • A fiery lava tube in a Hawaiian volcano along with a virtual flight over an island mountain
  • Go spelunking through a few of over 100 caves at the Carlsbad Caverns in the desert of southern New Mexico
  • The VR tour of Bryce Canyon in Utah centers around the beautiful red and orange desert landscape. Further, it begins on Sunset Point where virtual visitors enjoy a star-filled night sky
  • Lastly, dry Tortugas is a remote park located 70 miles from Key West. You won’t need to book a seaplane or boat to get there to visit Fort Jefferson

On the National Park Foundation website, virtual tourists will find even more of these grounds to experience via a screen including Crater Lake and live webcams in many popular locations. Some of these sites include the Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

Explore Yosemite

One of the most popular and visited National Parks, at Virtual Yosemite visitors are able to explore everything this location is famous for from Half Dome to Glacier Point and more. Explore over 200 locations within Yosemite and its surrounding areas during different seasons. The stunning 360° interactive and panoramic views present high-resolution photography and videos. Yosemite presents spectacular vistas from the top the cliffs and waterfalls with peaceful locations found along trails.

Visit a Multitude of Museums

The largest collection of artwork on the planet is found at The Louvre gallery in Paris, France and is accessible without a transatlantic trek. See ancient Egyptian antiquities. Then, explore the remains of the fortress’s underground moat from when this location was a fortress. Other monumental museums and locations to experience include:

  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York City is another memorable and magnificent place to explore both indoors and out also available from the Google Arts & Culture platform
  • The largest collection of artwork from the world-renowned Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh is found at his namesake museum in Amsterdam housing hundreds of his paintings and letters
  • Lastly, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History near our nation’s capital is home to many of our country’s national treasures. Indeed, virtual visitors are able to experience former, current, permanent exhibits, and much more

Dive Underwater

There are several virtual dives available from the National Marine Sanctuary website that are accessible 24/7 without the need for scuba equipment. Among the many underwater areas to explore include an immersive dive alongside sea lions in a VR video. Other presentations offer a 360° experience when scenic and aquatic photos are “stitched” together for panoramic views under the sea.

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British Adventurer Embarks on Trip Around the World in a Wheelchair

Andy Campbell is a British adventurer who refuses to let a little thing like needing a wheelchair get in the way of his dreams. In fact, Andy is about to embark on a journey like no othe–circumnavigating the world using his arms. His journey will take two years and involve his wheelchair, a paraglider, and a kayak. The trip is a fundraiser to support a non-profit group dedicated to making outdoor adaptive equipment available to those with disabilities who could not otherwise afford it.

Eight years ago, Andy fell during a rock climbing expedition and since then has had to rely on a wheelchair. Despite the injury, Andy regularly rock climbs, skis, kayaks, paraglides, and scuba dives. But disabled athletes have more than their disabilities to keep them from pursuing outdoor sports. The average off-road wheelchair comes with a price tag of $3,000, and an adaptive climbing harness costs about $1,400.

Realizing that most people cannot afford adaptive gear, Andy is setting off on a two-year journey that will begin in his home city of London. He will travel 30,000 miles before returning home. His plan has him crossing Europe and Asia with his wheelchair, paraglider, kayak, and two assistants to help with the most difficult terrain. Then he will fly across the Pacific Ocean to North America, where he will begin the second leg of his journey from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. That route will have him kayaking the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers to reach the Gulf, and then roll his specially designed wheelchair down the Pan-American Highway.

Andy’s goal is to raise $1.54 million for his new charity, the Chutkara Initiative. Funds raised from his adventure will be used to provide adaptive gear to others that may want to follow in his path. You can follow his adventure through his website (pushingthelimits.com), or cheer him on through Facebook (facebook.com/andycampbell.13) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/andy_campbell).

Source:
gadling.com/2012/01/08/british-adventurer-plans-to-circumnavigate-the-globe-in-a-wheelc/

Image source:
pushingthelimits.com