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There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many of our plans for the summer. For some, planned vacations or cruises may have been delayed until later on in the year. However, many have had the unfortunate task of canceling their vacations as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to be confined to their homes.

It’s still possible for many to have a fantastic vacation experience by discovering some of the world’s most celebrated landmarks. This can be done via a virtual vacation.

The Grand Canyon

One can experience a fantastic view of the Grand Canyon by exploring the National Park Service website. One can enjoy the Grand Canyon via 360-degree photographs. This can be done in three ways: One can explore the Grand Canyon by taking a virtual tour to the historic Phantom Ranch located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Additionally, one can take a virtual rafting trip through the Grand Canyon via the Colorado River. Finally, one can take a virtual archaeological excavation tour of the Grand Canyon River.

Vatican Grounds 

The virtual vacation of unique Vatican landmarks such as the Sistine Chapel could be seen through the Vatican’s website. It offers a 360-degree tour of the Sistine Chapel. Other virtual Vatican tours can be taken, such as the Alexandrine Hall, the Profane Museum, and the Hall of the Papyri. One can also see a virtual tour of the rooms of the famous Italian Renaissance painter, Raphael.

The Guggenheim Museum 

For art enthusiasts, Google Arts & Culture allows visitors to experience some of the great exhibits in the Guggenheim Museum. One can explore multiple floors of this museum in a 360-degree view.

Smithsonian National Museum

Folks looking to explore one of the most visited institutions worldwide will be pleased to know that this can be done virtually. The Smithsonian‘s website features exhibits such as the African Voices as well as the Hall of Fossils. One can see a 360-degree view of the museum’s rotunda.