No doubt this summer is different due to the COVID-19 outbreak. many places won’t be open, in some cases outdoor activities may be restricted, and traveling is difficult. However, this doesn’t have to stop your children from learning and exploring new places and cultures. In this post, you will find five amazing places your family can visit virtually this summer.
From the magnificence of the American landscape to the painstaking attention to detail of Hindu art, these online experiences are guaranteed to provide enriching insights to your children.
Visit Virtually the Yosemite National Park
Located 140 miles east of San Francisco, the Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park features several natural attractions such as sheer rock walls, peaks, and domes. This virtual visit will take you to some of the most famous sights in the park, including “El Capitan”, an iconic 3,000-feet tall rock formation.
This virtual experience is not as fluid as in other websites on this list. However, this is the only visit that includes sound, a welcome (and fascinating) addition for a natural site.
Machu Picchu, the ancient city of the Incas, is an astounding sight. Located about 50 miles northwest of Cuzco, Peru, at an elevation of 7,710 feet, this is one of the few pre-Columbian ruins found almost intact. This virtual visit uses the same principles behind Google’s Street View to allow you to stroll around Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, as if you were there.
This enhanced virtual visit allows you to explore Petra, the historical city in southern Jordan carved directly into cliff faces. Click on the loudspeaker icon on the top right corner for audio messages about the history of the site. There are also clickable areas you can identify as big white circles. Click on them for more information about this legendary city that is one of the new seven wonders of the world since 2007.
This temple complex located in Cambodia covers about 400 acres and is the largest religious structure in the world. Every detail of this impressive site is a reference to different aspects of Hinduism. For example, the five central towers symbolize the peaks of Mount Meru, and the moat surrounding the complex evokes the oceans. The effect is mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. It is believed that it took three decades to build the complex, and when you visit virtually you’ll understand why—even the walls contain reliefs that tell fascinating stories.
Museum of African American History and Culture
Among these places, this is the only website that doesn’t offer a 360-degree view. However, the quality of the objects in the exhibition makes up for the lack of interactivity. With items that range from WWII posters to Maybellene, Chuck Berry’s legendary guitar, the Museum of African American History and Culture is a treasure trove of fascinating objects that attest to the invaluable contributions of African Americans to every aspect of American life.
More Things to Do This Summer
These are some previous posts with useful ideas to keep your children entertained and engaged over the next weeks. Above all, these activities will help them develop important life skills or acquire useful, actionable knowledge.
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