When it comes to choosing a place to travel to, the options are many, the world is full of fascinating and unique places to visit. But what happens when you find yourself stuck at home? Well, here goes a list of free virtual field trips for you to take from the comfort of your couch.
Practicing social distance, or lack of money shouldn’t stop you from seeing the beautiful places and views the world offers, so take this opportunity and enjoy your time!
For those of you who love artworks and museums, here is a list of museums that offer virtual tours.
Free Virtual Field Trips To Take From Your Couch
Acropolis of Athens
Its name means High City, but despite the name, this was not really the city, but just part of it. Acropolis was actually a political, religious, and intellectual area. People used to came here to study, pray, attend meetings, or events.
If you want to see it first hand, but from a safe distance, visit the Acropolis with this virtual tour.
Next to the Acropolis, you can also find the Acropolis museum, that houses the artifacts found in the Acropolis itself and in other ruins in Athens. Lucky you, Acropolis museum is one of the museums that offer virtual tours.
Ancient City of Petra
Carved in the rock, in the middle of the mountains in Arabah valley in Jordan, the City of Petra used to be the Nabataean Kingdom, and one of the most important stops for caravan trade.
For some reason, the ancient people of the region had the tradition of carving tombs and other important buildings in the red rock around the mountains, many ruins can still be visited nowadays, that iconic ruin that comes to your mind when you think of Petra, is called Treasury and can be visited in this virtual tour.
Despite the huge, marvelous facade, inside there is only a small hall that once housed a royal tomb.
City of London
London is a mix of royal, classic and modern, walking around the city will give you the possibility to discover new things every corner.
Now, have you ever thought of wandering around this big city and visit its main tourist attractions from the comfort of your couch? Well, now you can, with this virtual tour through the City of London! Enjoy your trip!
Great Pyramids of Giza
Feeling like Indiana Jones lately? We all have our moments. The Great Pyramids of Giza is in the Bucket List of pretty much everybody who loves to travel. Both the new and Ancient Egypt has always been fascinating, so many histories, culture, and traditions.
If you want to come a bit closer, even from far away, here is your chance, you can admire the Great Pyramids of Giza in this virtual tour.
Great Wall of China
Built-in order to consolidate China’s territory and protect it from invasions from nomad tribes and help in the border control.
The walls are so massive they can be seen from space, but if you are stuck at home, and just like me, don’t live in the International Space Station, here goes a nice virtual tour through the Great Wall of China.
Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial
One of the most iconic and touristy points in the USA, Lincon Memorial was built in honor of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The beautiful building resembles a Greek Doric temple, and inside it, you will find the famous and huge statue of Abraham Lincoln.
To visit it from the comfort of your house though, you just need to click here.
Nearby, there is also the memorial of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809, principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the founder of the Democratic-Republican Party.
Jefferson’s memorial can be visited here.
Hidden in the middle of the Vilcabamba mountain range, Machu Picchu, the Sacred City of the Incas, is a must-see. The city was considered sacred and only important figures in the Inca society were invited to enter the city, such as the Emperor, his family, and political, military, religious authorities.
It combines history and adventure since to get to the city, you have to (or better saying, you have the option to) take an ancient trail made by the Incas themselves, that linked Cusco to the Mucha Picchu, known as the Inca Trail. Otherwise, you can take a bus tour to Machu Picchu, it will leave you just at the entrance and you should be fine.
Now, of course, you also have the option take visit it on your screen, clicking here.
Who never thought of becoming an astronaut, as a kid? Then we grow up and realize it is not that simple right?
Although working inside NASA might be reserved just for the best of the best, you can still visit it inside. The company offers a bunch of tours for those curious, who always dreamed about visiting its facilities, seeing the project, and perhaps getting to see the Mission Control Center.
But you don’t need to go there to see it first hand though. NASA now gives you the chance to take a virtual tour through the facilities!
If you enjoy history like me, you probably have the ruins of Pompeii high on your wish list, if you don’t, well…you should!
The famous city of Pompeii was destroyed and covered by the ashes of Mt Vesuvius, a huge volcano that can be seen from pretty much every corner of the city. The ashes though helped to make Pompeii one of the most well preserved archeological sites in the whole world.
For those visiting Pompeii, bear in mind to wear comfortable shoes, because the city was really big and to visit it, you will have to walk a lot if you are a lazy cat though, don’t you worry, take this virtual tour and enjoy your walks through the ancient city.
Now, have you ever wonder why Stonehenge was really built? Was it a bigger version of the magical circles we see in Scotland? Was it a cult area? Or was it ALIENS?
Anyways, while you think about it, why don’t take a virtual tour through the prehistoric monuments to learn more?
Taj Mahal is one of the biggest demonstrations of love the world has ever seen. You know why? The ivory-white marble mausoleum was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
To visit this beautiful masterpiece, you can take this virtual tour.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Evviva la Torre di Pisa, che pende, che pende, e mai non cadrà.
The campanile, or bell tower of Pisa’s cathedral is probably the most famous tower in the world for its exquisite ‘pose’. The reason for this is because it was built on soft ground. Pisa tower began to lean at the beginning of its construction in the 12th century and by 1990 the tilt had already reached 5.5 degrees!
After restorations, the structure was stabilized and its tilt reduced to 3.97 degrees. Nowadays, it is even possible to climb the many steps to have a beautiful view from the Piazza del Duomo. Another way to admire this beautiful Piazza and the Pisa Tower is by taking this virtual tour.
If you are looking for an exotic, rather unique destination, you should put Venice on your list right the way. Famous for its many canals, the city was originally built on 100 small islands, as a way to avoid barbaric invasions.
Once home to merchants from all over the world, and one of the most famous markets in the ancient time. Venice has now become one of the top romantic destinations, so why not distract your mind by taking a virtual tour through the Grand Canal?
Palace of Versailles
Have you ever thought of living in a big palace, wearing the fanciest clothes and jewelry, being served by a bunch of unnecessary people? That would be great indeed, as long as didn’t lose your head in the end, right?
The Palace of Versailles is one of the main tourist attractions of Paris and helps to tell the story of the French nobility and the French Revolution, an important page in the history of France and well, the world.
To get a taste of what the life of the French aristocracy was like, check this virtual tour and wander through the walls of the Palace of Versailles.