10 Online Experiences That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Really There

Wouldn’t it be nice to travel for free? These online experiences are so close to the real thing, you’ll feel like you’re actually on the beach, at the museum, or even on the moon. You can even imagine you’re in Morocco with Campbell’s Go™ soups, where it’s never been easier to explore flavors from around the world.

1. Calm.com

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It’s a relaxing experiencing that pairs soothing audibles with a serene backdrop. It’s as close to an actual escape to nature as you’re going to get.

2. World-Cruise By Yuki Eikawa

World-Cruise is a commercial product, but visit the YouTube channel of Egawauemon for over a hundred HD exploration videos from around the world. Make sure you’re operating in fullscreen 1080p for maximum effect.

3. Rarebookroom.org

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A collection of classics from must-read authors, all for free. It’s like being at the world’s most comfortable library, no pants required.

4. Fullscreen 360

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Head to Fullscreen 360 for panoramic views of an incredible variety of places, including Mt. St. Helens, The Mendenhall Glacier, and even Mars.

5. Arounder

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Arounder provides a variety of virtual tours, but the series of Moon expeditions is particularly compelling.

6. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College Of Law

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The Oyez Project mainly features a database on major constitutional cases heard by the United States Supreme Court, but it also houses a nifty interactive virtual tour of the United States Supreme Court, including somewhat inaccessible areas for the public, such as the Justice’s chambers.

7. The Smithsonian Museum of National History

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Fans of The Smithsonian Museum of National History can visit anytime from the comfort of their own home with this extensive virtual tour. It even works on mobile devices.

8. AirPano

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This Russian website may seem like gibberish at first, but a quick Google translation reveals a treasure-trove of arial tours from around the world. The one above features the city center of Moscow, but there are arial views of cities all over the planet, and even the seven wonders of the world.

9. WDC (The Whale And Dolphin Conservation)

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This simulation from the WDC shows what it would be like to swim alongside a blue whale (if that’s your thing).

10. Google Sightseeing

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Google Maps and Google Earth are great tools to explore the world, but who wants to sort through all that data on their own? Use the independently run Google Sightseeing for suggestions on unique and interesting places to visit. Like a virtual tour guide!

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