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Virtual tours to enjoy from home: Vol. 3

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postedMay 5, 2020
While the 2020 travel season currently is on hold, there is no reason to hit pause on dreaming about (and planning) future trips. Below are details on virtual tours at five destinations you should have on your list.

The National Tour Association has compiled an extensive list of virtual tours and educational resources for travel planners. You can see what's happening in popular cities, states, and provinces—and at top attractions—by checking out their digital resources.

Ottawa's Parliament Hill
Light show on Parliament Hall in Ottawa (Photo by Pat Henderson)

Ottawa Tourism

In addition to taking a virtual look at Canada’s capital city via this overview tour, you can discover a number of other online tours, exhibitions, activities, and performances at Ottawa Tourism’s website.

For more information, email Ottawa Tourism’s Kelly Dean.

Exhibit at the Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
Exhibit at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by CC Flickr/Todd Van Hoosear:

Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson

Video tour options include ones featuring the mansion and historical gardens, and the attraction’s Virtual Visits go live every Tuesday and new History from Home videos are posted every Thursday. Members of the education team are providing web conferences and lessons on Jacksonian America (email for more details).

For more information, email the Hermitage’s Tina Goodrow.

Paddleboarders at Deleware's Dewey Beach
Delaware's Dewey Beach (Photo by

Visit Delaware

Virtual tours of the First State are organized into five categories—Pristine Beaches, Historical Gems, the Great Outdoors, Bold Flavors, and Tax-free Shopping—with each one containing details on the best of Delaware.

For more information, email Visit Delaware’s Tina Madanat.

Downtown Los Angeles from the Griffith Park Observatory
Downtown Los Angeles from the Griffith Park Observatory (Photo by Boqiang Liao)

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

From its renowned museums and theaters to its Hollywood roots and beach culture, Los Angeles is an iconic destination. The city’s tourism board has put together a batch of great explore-at-home options showcasing the best of LA.

For more information, email the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board’s Tami Martelli.

Exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Photo by

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The facility, which is dedicated to the 35th U.S. president, covers classroom needs for teachers and students through its range of innovative lesson plans and online exhibits featuring archival materials.

For more information, email the JFK Library’s Ian Shepherd.

To see virtual tours from other destinations and attractions, click here.

Top photo: The Santa Monica Pier is one of Los Angeles' most iconic locations.
Photo by CC Flickr/Jay Huang Photography: