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Virtual Travel: 48 Places You Can Visit Right Now

After weeks of sticking close to home, many of us could probably really use a vacation about now. And sometimes the warmer weather makes us a little more antsy to get out and about, too. Hopefully in the not-too-distant future we'll be able to go explore new places safely and responsibly again. Until then, though, virtual travel is the way to go. Here are a few places that you can visit via webcam livestreams and pano cams.
Prepared By:

Danella Myers

Adventurer & Photographer

So, if you need a quick escape, check in on some of these places. It’s a great way to do a little research for your next vacation, too!

National Parks

Channel Islands National Park

Let the beautiful vibrant colors and gently-waving kelp of the Channel Islands kelp forest put you in a state of deep relaxation. This livestream also has audio so be sure to turn up the volume for some awesome underwater sounds.

Grand Teton National Park

You can always depend on the Grand Tetons for a scenic and serene view, no filter or Photoshop necessary. The Jackson Hole/GTNP area has a variety of webcams so you can check the views from multiple locations.

Yellowstone National Park

Is Old Faithful still as faithful when no one is there in person to watch it? As it turns out, it is. With this live view, you can keep tabs on it. Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to catch it when it’s erupting. For a list of latest eruptions as well as the predicted next eruption, check here.

Yosemite National Park

While it’s not as striking as being there in person and seeing it towering above you, watching the tallest waterfall in North America on a screen is still pretty neat.

Beaches & Oceans

Cannon Beach, OR

See one of the most iconic beaches in Oregon, complete with a great view of Hackstack Rock.

Coney Island Beach, NY

Check in on one of the most popular beaches in the New York City area.

Deerfield Beach, FL

Beautiful turquoise water, a lovely sandy beach, and the sound of waves crashing and birds singing make this a near-perfect escape for a few minutes (or a few hours).

Destin, FL

Admire the incredible white sand of the Destin beaches with this view from the Henderson Park Inn.

Maui, HI

Another beautiful Hawaii beach view with the sound of waves crashing. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some marine life on this live stream.

Miami, FL

Go virtual beach hopping in the Miami area with their selection of webcams including South Beach and Sunny Isles Beach (pictured below). Another interesting live stream to check out in the Miami area is the Coral City underwater webcam.

Oahu, HI

This live stream takes you along the beach in Waimea Bay.

Ocean City, MD

Explore Ocean City with their numerous live webcams with views of the beaches, boardwalks, piers and other attractions.

Outer Banks, NC

This serene beach scene from the Outer Banks will have you feeling more relaxed in no time.

Pacifica, CA

Head to the coast of the Pacific Ocean for a virtual visit to Sharp Park in Pacifica, California.

Panama City Beach, FL

Check out the great beach views from Pineapple Willy’s in Panama City Beach, Florida!

Lakes, Mountains, Rivers & Waterfalls

Algonac, MI

Take in the views of the Saint Clair River, and be sure to keep an eye out for ships!

Altoona, PA

Check out this live view of ‘Horseshoe Curve‘ in Altoona, PA. It’s fascinating to watch the trains, and you also get some glimpses of the Allegheny Mountains.

Aspen, CO

This panoramic shot from Aspen Snowmass provides absolutely stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

Charlo, MT

This view of the Mission Mountains from Ninepipes Lodge is about as peaceful as it gets.

Duluth, MN

See live views of the Duluth Harbor on Lake Superior from a variety of cameras.

Eastsound, WA

A calming view from Orcas Island.

Enumclaw, WA

Get lost in the North Cascades with this panoramic view from Crystal Mountain Resort.

Friday Harbor, WA

A peaceful view from another Washington islandSan Juan Island.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, CA

This live  stream view offers a picture of tranquility as the Smith River gently flows through the Redwoods.

Lake Champlain, VT

Take a virtual visit to Burlington, VT and enjoy views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding area.

Lake Havasu, AZ

See what’s happening in Lake Havasu with this live stream of London Bridge and Bridgewater Channel.

Lake Michigan, MI

Head to the shores of Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, MI and see lake and beach views plus the historic St. Joseph lighthouse.

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV

The Lake Tahoe area has numerous live cameras, and for good reason. The place has absolutely stunning scenery year-round. See views from both North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe.

Lutsen, MN

Take a virtual trip ‘Up North’ to Minnesota and see the Poplar River as it flows into Lake Superior.

Mad River Valley, VT

Covered bridges are so charming. Check out this live stream of the Waitsfield Covered Bridge that crosses the Mad River.

Mirror Lake, NY

This beautiful setting near Lake Placid, NY offers a view of Mirror Lake with the Adirondack Mountains in the background.

Mt. Katahdin, ME

A gorgeous view of Maine’s highest mountain, Mt. Katahdin, and Millinocket Lake from the New England Outdoor Center.

Niagara Falls

You won’t be able to feel the mist from the falls or get the full picture of their beauty and power, but there’s something satisfying about watching the live stream of Niagara Falls.

Sedona, AZ

Take in the views of the red rock and blue skies. Also, see if you can spot the Snoopy Rock formation!

Seven Falls (Colorado Springs, CO)

Get mesmerized by the beautiful cascading water of Seven Falls.

Stanley, ID

Enjoy the idyllic scene of the Salmon River and the Sawtooth Mountain Range.

Quaint Small Towns

Ashland, OR

See what’s happening in historic downtown Ashland, Oregon.

Cloudcroft, NM

Check out the Old West storefronts along Burro Avenue in Cloudcroft, the highest elevation town in New Mexico.

Gatlinburg, TN

This live stream camera from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park offers a glimpse of the town along with some excellent Smoky Mountain views.

La Grange, KY

Check out this unique Southern town where the train runs right down Main Street!

Park City, UT

Take a look at what’s going in Park City, UT with this view of historic Main Street.

Telluride, CO

Virtually visit one of America’s most charming ski towns. See what’s happening downtown or check out the stunning surroundings with this panoramic mountain view.

Big Cities

Boston, MA

Watch the traffic as it flows across the Charles River on the Zakim Bridge.

Chicago, IL

Looking for something a little different than bustling big-city views? Check out this live stream from the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Las Vegas, NV

See what’s happening on the Las Vegas Strip!

New York City, NY

Check in on The Big Apple with this live stream that overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge with a view of Manhattan in the background, or see what’s happening in Times Square.

Seattle, WA

It’s probably no surprise that one of the best views of Seattle and the surrounding area is from the Space Needle. Get a dose of those Pacific Northwest vibes with this pano cam view.

St. Louis, MO

See the St. Louis skyline including the iconic Gateway Arch.

Looking for more? Check out this virtual travel itinerary and these virtual tours.

Let us know in the comments if you’re planning on visiting any of these places in person after is safe and responsible to travel again!

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