ULTIMATE VIRTUAL TRAVEL TOUR LIST FOR FAMILIES

EXPLORE THE WORLDS GREATEST SIGHTS FROM YOUR OWN HOME

Ultimate Virtual Travel Tour List For Families

Here is the ultimate virtual travel tour list for families – perfect for those times when you cannot travel, you’re on countdown to your next trip or you just want to spend some time exploring some of the greatest locations in the world.

We’re currently living in a situation where travel has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

The good news is you can still plan your trips and maybe even do it even more effectively than you would have otherwise.

There are so many incredible online resources where you can experience the amazing sights of the world from the comfort of your own home.

They are also fantastic educational resources for your children, who can learn so much about our world in a fun and interactive way.

And the best thing is that all of these tours are FREE!

 

We've broken the list down into sections for you...

New 7 Wonders of the World

The wonders of the world, they are so called because they literally are a wonder!

GREAT WALL OF CHINA – China – The Great Wall is China’s most popular attraction and for good reason. It stretches 3000 miles across china! To learn more take a tour of the Great wall of China.

COLOSSEUM – Italy – When you think about the Roman Empire the Colosseum is one of the first things that spring to mind. We have been lucky enough to see this monument first hand. To find out more about it take a tour of the Colosseum.

MACHU PICCHU – Peru – Was built in the 1500’s on a mountain ridge. You have to hike to get to it and although it is certainly worth the effort you can save yourself the hike you can explore Machu Picchu virtually!

TAJ MAHAL – India – The Taj Mahal was built 350 years ago and it’s white marble, symmetrical design is easily recognisable. Find out more about the Taj Mahal.

CHRIST THE REDEEMER – Brazil – Most people will have see or heard of this iconic statue in Brazil. It’s mountain top position means it gets struck by lightning 3 – 6 times per year! Take a tour of Christ the Redeemer.

CHICHEN ITZA – Mexico – This is an ancient Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula. A fascinating place which was built in approx 500AD. Take a tour of Chichen Itza.

PETRA – Jordan – Most people will recognise Petra from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Fortunately, it is not filled with booby-traps. To find out more take a tour of Petra.

Inside the Colosseum in Rome from our own trip there

Nature

Travel and nature usually go hand in hand and are often the main source of inspiration for a trip. Now you can explore these incredible natural wonders from your sofa!

GRAND CANYON – Arizona USA – This has to be one of the most impressive landscapes with it’s layers of strikingly colourful walls. Take a virtual hike through the Grand Canyon.

NAMIB Desert Dunes – Namibia -See the spectacular swirling sand dunes of the Namib Desert.

MOUNT EVEREST – Nepal – Everyone has heard of the tallest mountain on our planet. Take a tour of Mount Everest base camp.

GIANTS CAUSEWAY – Ireland – The Giants Causeway is the result of an ancient volcanic fissue eruption. It’s hexagonal columns make it an incredible sight. Take a virtual tour of Giants Causeway.

NORTHERN LIGHTS – The magical lights can be viewed from different places in the Northern Hemisphere. From Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland and Canada but here you can go to Iceland to see the incredible Northern Lights.

NIAGARA FALLS – Canada – The fastest moving waterfall in the world with an estimated 28 million litres of water cascading over it EVERY SECOND!! Take the opportunity to explore the incredible Niagara Falls without getting wet!

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – Ecuador – Best known for their large number of species that are only found on these remote islands the Galapagos Islands are on many peoples bucket lists. Take a tour of the Galapagos Islands to find out why!

AMBRYM VOLCANO – Vanuatu – This list would not be complete without a volcano. Take a short 360° video tour of Ambrym Volcano.

National Parks

These beautiful places are protected for a very good reason…

ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL FOREST PARK – China – This park is full of towering rocky columns, some of which are 1000 metres high! They are topped with lush trees and foliage. Immerse yourself in this 360° video tour of Zhanjigie National Forest Park.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Wyoming USA – Explore the springs and lookout points of the amazing Yellowstone National Park

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK – New Mexico USA – To learn a little history and geology enter the ancient caverns of Carlsbad Caverns

KANAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK – Alaska USA – Take a tour of mountains, glaciers and lagoons in the beautiful Kanai Fjords National Park

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – Hawaii -See the stunning scenery and mesmerising volcanoes of Hawaii with a tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – California USA – This is a beautiful park with dramatic scenery. Take a hike up the iconic El Capitan rock formation and learn more about Yosemite National Park.

Exploring the World from Home Raising Holmes
Exploring the world from home

Iconic Landmarks

Everyone has heard of these iconic landmarks, take some time to see them for yourselves…

BUCKINGHAM PALACE – UK – The official residence of the Queen of England. Take a look around the inside of Buckingham Palace.

THE WHITE HOUSE – USA – Explore the inside of the home of the US President, you can even look inside the Oval Office of The White House.

STATUE OF LIBERTY – New York USA – Built in 1875 the Statue of Liberty is on most people’s must see list for New York. Did you know that the sculptor modelled the statue on his mother! Take a tour of the Statue of Liberty.

LEANING TOWER OF PISA – Italy – The tower is actually a bell tower and it is famous for its tilt to one side due to the soft soil beneath the foundations. Take a tour of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

THE EIFFEL TOWER – France – Standing in the centre of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is certainly a spectacular sight of it’s own but to view the area from the top is incredible. Find out more about the Eiffel Tower

SYNDNEY OPERA HOUSE – Australia – Take a look around Australia’s greatest building, the Sydney Opera House

Wildlife/Conservation

If you have an animal lover in your family this collection of virtual experiences will not disappoint!

POLAR BEARS – CANADA – To see polar bears and learn about their natural habitat in Churchill Canada go on a virtual field trip!

SANDIEGO ZOO – California USA – Take a trip to the zoo and get a close look at many different animals including Pandas, Baboons and Apes. To see both live cams and recorded footage of the animals visit Sandiego Zoo

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK – UK – An incredible place, the house at Longleat was built in 1568 and is open to visitors today. The safari park was opened in 1966 and at the time was the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa. Take a virtual tour and see the animals at Longleat Safari Park

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – South Africa – If you fancy going on a real safari instead then you’re in luck! You can experience it all with both live and recorded virtual tours through the Kruger National Park

GEORGIA AQUARIUM – Georgia USA – Find out about the wonderful creatures of the deep from the comfort of your own home. This is a fantastic resource especially for children, there are many educational videos and live cam footage at Georgia Aquarium

 
Rhino Kruger National Park
From our trip to Kruger National Park

Historical Sites

So much can be learned from past civilisations, explore these fascinating historical sites…

STONE HENGE – UK – Experience the magic and mystery of this incredible ancient stone monument with this amazing 360° tour of Stone Henge

ACROPOLIS – Greece – One of our favourite sights in the world.Sat on top of a rocky outcrop in the centre of Athens it is an amazing thing to see. Explore the surrounding buildings and the Acropolis itself.

PYRAMIDS – Egypt – Travel back nearly 5000 years in time and get a sense of the collosal size of these ancient tombs as you head to Egypt to see the Pyramids of Giza

ANGKOR WAT – Cambodia -Head to the Cambodian jungle to explore the legendary city of temples where you can find out all about the thousand year old temples at Angkor Wat

TERRACOTTA ARMY – China – See China’s famous terracotta army with a 360° tour. A virtual world tour would not be complete without the awesome sight of the Terracotta Army

EASTER ISLAND – Chile -Travel to one of the most remote islands on our planet and see the magnificent statues of Rapa Nui on Easter Island

Museums

Museums are a wonderful way to learn about history and culture…

LOUVRE – France – We’re sure everyone has heard of the biggest art museum and monument in France. Now you can virtually explore the different rooms and exhibits of the Louvre

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM – Washington DC USA – The world largest museum is definitely one that cannot be missed. Take a tour through the exhibits of the Smithsonian

TOWER OF LONDON – UK -This iconic landmark contains fascinating history. Take a guided tour and see the towers and battlements of the Tower of London

VATICAN – Italy – You may have heard about the beautiful architecture and magnificent artwork including the masterpiece ceiling by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. But if you haven’t seen in it person you can now  virtually explore the popular sights of the Vatican

THE BRITISH MUSEUM – UK – Inside this incredible museum you can discover over two million years of human history and culture. You can travel through time and explore the historical artifacts of the British Museum

VAN GOGH MUSEUM- Amsterdam – This museum contains the largest collection of artwork by Vincent Van Gogh in the world. To see them for yourself take a virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum

Underwater

If your family loves to jump into the water, like ours, you will definitely enjoy these under water adventures…

KELP FOREST – California USA – Take a closer look and see for yourself the wonderful sight of a kelp forest

GREAT BARRIER REEF – Australia – Dive into the sparkling water of the worlds largest reef and explore 360° views of the Great Barrier Reef

SHARK DIVE – Cuba – Would you like a chance to swim along side sharks and other ocean creatures? Then take a dip into the beautiful water around cuba and Swim with Sharks

DIVE WITH DOLPHINS – Experience what it is like to swim among a school of dolphins without having to get wet! I don’t know about you but swimming with dolphins is high on our bucket list! Dive with Dolphins

EXPLORE A SHIP WRECK – Micronesia – Go underwater and explore the ‘ship cemetery’ inTruk Lagoon, the resting place of many World War II ships. Take a close look at the shipwrecks

SWIM WITH A SEA TURTLE – If you’ve never had the opportunity to swim with a sea turtle and want some idea of what it is like, check out this 360° video of a Sea Turtle

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Ultimate Virtual Tour List For Families
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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Alycia Holland

    These were some great places! A lot of them are still on my list to visit! A virtual tour could be an introduction of the place for me until we get to travel again! Thanks for posting!

    1. Raising Holmes

      Glad you enjoyed it!
      Definitely a good idea to use virtual tours as a way to familiarise yourself before you travel!

  2. leeandra

    This is so cool that you can do this virtually.

    1. Raising Holmes

      It’s brilliant isn’t it! Such a great way to see the sights of the world from your sofa.

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