Sure, you wouldn’t say no to a fly-in, fly-out trip to New York for a week or so, but as a general rule of thumb a trip to the USA should last at least a week longer than your jetlag, and you’d ideally hope to tick off several states. With the necessary travel bans in place, however, the best way to tick off any is to go on a virtual vacay through one of the many screens you’ve become so close to in the past few weeks.
With a healthy mix of beaches, deserts and woodlands primed for the tourist in us all, one trip to Cali can be dramatically different to the next, but this leg of your vacay begins in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
As far as virtual tours go, Yosemite National Park has truly gone all out. While away the quarantine and trek through the various trails passing between the famed peak El Capitan, and don’t forget to stop by the Cathedral Beach during flood season while you're there.
There are also several viewpoints usually only accessed by climbers and seasoned hikers, like Half Dome Summit. Once you’re up there, we recommend taking some time to appreciate the view while enjoying your microwaved dinner from last night—you’ve earned it, right?
Oregon's up next on your itinerary. One of the natural beauties of the west coast, this should be at the top of the list for any armchair traveller looking to take a breath of fresh air. Take in Oregon’s Painted Hills accompanied by a harpist as part of the Moments of Zen series, go fly fishing in the Deschutes River or take a 360° tour through some the state’s iconic and lesser-known landmarks. Dive deep on the official website and comprehensive Youtube channel.
The great expanses of Utah can be found in your lounge. Experience the culture and history of Salt Lake City through several virtual tours here, venture out into the Moab desert and watch the pristine night skies pass by via timelapse or explore Utah’s vast and sprawling national parks on the Youtube channel.
And just in case you needed another animal stream in your life, the Utah Hogle Zoo has chucked up their furry friends via a Facebook live feed. Do yourself a favour and check out the polar bears.
Making your way to The Big Apple is usually a surefire way to blowout the itinerary. Fortunately, time is on our hands for the time being.
Whether it's your first time to New York or the lines are blurring between tourist and ex-pat, a visit to MoMa is a must. MoMa—along with over 2000 other museums and galleries—has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to exhibit some of its most renowned works via a virtual gallery experience. Right now, you can take a look at the career of pioneering graphic designer and artist, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, through the virtual exhibition along with plenty of other works permanently on display.
Take an uninterrupted tour of the nation’s capital with 360° videos of historic landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. Washington DC is a history-rich city for many reasons, and its museums will attest to that; specifically the National Museum of Natural History. The virtual tour is massive, and if you have enough spare time on your hands you can basically play out Night At The Museum starring Owen Wilson in its entirety.
Start planning your next trip post-Corona at our Travel section.
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