How to Explore the United States Virtually

Scratch the travel itch by exploring the United States virtually

Do you miss traveling? Seven months after the federal government first declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, life in many parts of the country is slowly starting to return to normal. However, many people are still staying home and trying to cope with their wanderlust. Just because you’re on the couch doesn’t mean you can’t scratch your travel itch! Check out the following resources and start exploring America from a unique point of view.

New York City

Would you like to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art without going to the Big Apple? The Met 360° Project is a series of six short videos that showcases the iconic museum’s art and architecture in an immersive and engaging way. Watched more than 11 million times, the videos give viewers an opportunity to see the museum in a way that even in-person visitors wouldn’t be able to experience it: empty, in time-lapse, and even from above. To start immersing yourself in art and culture, click here.

St. Petersburg, Florida

If you’re interested in adding a splash of color to your life, you can visit St. Petersburg, Florida virtually and enjoy the city’s beautiful murals. Did you know that this Gulf city has more than 70 beautiful urban murals of all shapes and sizes? Until you can one day travel to St. Petersburg for yourself, you can still enjoy a sampling of the artistic creations. Simply visit this website to begin your tour.

Mount Rushmore

One of the most iconic landmarks in the country, Mount Rushmore honors four of the most prominent presidents of the first 150 years of the United States: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. You’ve probably seen the monument in history books, but have you experienced it from every angle? A 360-degree virtual tour, which you can find here, allows you to see Mount Rushmore with a “3D Explorer”, so you can experience the site at your own pace without the crowds and airfare.

Chicago

If you want to get a unique take on the history of Chicago, then you’ll definitely want to check out the “Our History” page on the Add-A-Pearl website. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a devastating event, but it also presented opportunities for entrepreneurial and resilient people. From the still-smoking ashes of their metalsmithing shop, Sebastian Andersen and Paul Juergens recovered $12,000 worth of gold and silver and were able to re-establish their company. In 1915, the same business that emerged from literal ashes eventually became known for its Add-A-Pearl cultured pearl necklace, which remains a timeless tradition today. To read the full story - a testament to the importance of resilience during difficult times - and to take a virtual “tour” through history, visit this page.

Where are you hoping to travel in the future? In the meantime, what are some of your favorite virtual destinations? Have you learned anything new while exploring the world from your smartphone or computer? We love how technology opens new doors and endless possibilities.

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