Virtual Armchair Travel

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life, opens a new window

This summer come to the library to check out a book and begin your adventure. Or if you’re curious about other forms of armchair travel, take a look at the free online resources listed below. If you can't go on a trip or you prefer to see the sights from home, these resources make parts of the world more accessible from your device.

Whether you want to explore the Museum of Modern Art, see the International Space Station or get a detailed look at famous paintings, you can do it all from your device on Google Arts and Culture, opens a new window.

Another great feature in Google Arts and Culture is the company's partnership with CyArk, opens a new window, a nonprofit which works to save and digitally share cultural heritage sites from around the world. By clicking on one of their stories, you can learn the history of a site and see the site by manipulating a 360 degree view. See Corinth, Pompeii, Mesa Verde and more, while learning about the the site surveys and 3D mapping process.

If you want to continue learning, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, opens a new window offers a virtual tour of their exhibits. While the navigation of this website can be challenging, this is a great way to see some of the highlights while sitting on your couch. 

If you're ready for an international adventure, why not go to the Louvre, opens a new window? Through their website, you can get 360 degree views of specific spots in the Louvre, and by clicking the photo in the lower right side, you can see quality photos of some of the art.

Ready to get back to nature? Explore, opens a new window has over 150 live stream cameras showing birds, seascapes or rescue animals. Or you can welcome the spring each year by following the National Arboretum's eagle nest camera, opens a new window. The cameras are focused on the nest all spring and summer, so you can see the eggs hatch and watch the eaglets grow. 

A road trip or world travel adventure can be exciting and enlightening, but there are perks to seeing the world from the comfort of your home. What websites do you use for armchair travel?