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Still, thereas is a big gap between using Virtual Reality to atry before you buya and treating Virtual Reality like a destination itself. To start with, technology isnat ready yet. 360 - degree Virtual Reality videos are usually experienced through headset or app. Headsets are expensive, heavy, can cause nausea, and arenat comfortable to wear for more than 30 minutes. Apps have none of these problems, but simply arenat as impressive, says Hollister. Limited sensations are another hurdle. Videos focus on sounds and sights but ca do much with smell, touch, or taste, and VR experiences tend to only be a few minutes longahardly equivalent of a two - week vacation in Spain. Of course, some researchers are working on ever - more - immersive VR features, including haptic suits, says Samuel Greengard, author of Virtual Reality. But while creating a full - body suit with enhanced sensory experiences might make videos of Amazon or Antarctica more realistic, it still does fulfill deeper needs that compel the US to travel. He compared the future of virtual travel to a classic thought experiment: Imagine that you could hook yourself up to experience machinea and simply feel happy forever. Philosopher Robert Nozick, who developed the experiment, thought nobody would want to be hooked up to such a thing, Ramirez say. Ai do think that there are some kinds of tourist experiences where the value in them is in doing, not just in seeing and hearing, and itall be tough for VR to replicate. Someone going to India for real can decide where to go and what to see. They can be surprised by themselves and by what they learn. Someone going to India via video might never see aspects that VR production company obscure in order to create a more pleasant experience. Aa Tour that Elon Muskajust to pick on somebodyamight design would look very different from what working - class Indian living in India might design, Ramirez say. It is important to keep that in mind as we go into these touristy VR experiences. For my part, I experienced VR travel in 2015, using Oculus to demo a short tour of the north coast of Vancouver, British Columbia. The demo was beautiful and looked similar to the real place, which I visited four years later. In other ways, though, there was little comparison. Part of the difference was sensual: air was cold on my skin and I could touch water. But much of the difference was the specificity of my own current visit. In person, experience happened only to me,. I had full control over what I was able to hear and seeaand if I want, I could see and choose something else. Virtual reality may never replace traditional travel, but it still offers intriguing possibilities. If technology becomes sophisticated enough, more environmentally conscious among usaespecially those aiming to reduce our carbon footprint, might prefer this form of escape.

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Animals, Aquariums & Zoos

Educators at Kennedy Space Center are hosting periodic live videos about all things space, from daily life as an astronaut to looking at the moon rock collection. Upcoming videos are announced on Facebook page. California Science Center is releasing its Stuck At Home Science! Videos weekdays at 1: 00 pm ET throughout its closure. Each week has a theme like All cook Up! And 1 2 3, Blastoff! Kids can follow along with science experiments that use easy - to - find household supplies. The Air and Space Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world and your kids can visit it without leaving house. They can tour the halls of the Museum thanks to Google Arts & Culture. Other interactive exhibits include Geography From Space quizzes for older kids and Pilot Pals game for younger ones. The American Museum of Natural History has Ology, entire website for kids to explore. Each section lets kids choose Ology to learn about, like paleontology or archaeology, and includes coordinating games, videos from resident scientists and activities. Kids can take a tour of heart and even explore the Museum after - hours with cute but lazy robot companion, Twitch, who needs help with some simple machines. Parents can sign up for weekly Science newsletter for more activities and ideas. The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis, largest Childrens Museum in the country, is hosting Museum At Home, series of videos and live streams that let kids Explore the Museum,s Learn From educators and even sit in on storytime. Even when were not social distancing, it is unlikely kids will be able to hop spaceship to Mars. Thankfully, Curiosity Rover allows them to join for a virtual ride - along thanks to partnership with Google, Access Mars and NASA. Kidsquest is offering a daily YouTube stream featuring At - Home activities or storytime. Activities are Center around Art, math and Science. You can see all the upcoming videos on its YouTube page. Kids can learn more about their brains with the Franklin Institutes interactive exhibit. Different modules explore fascinating ways our brains interpret sound, images and more. Even if you ca get outside as much as you want, kids can still gaze at stars at any time of day. Thames & Kosmos Magnetic Science Experiment Kit This Kit goes beyond simple household science experiments, with a variety of magnets and other components, and 33 experiments. Kids can practice the same techniques real paleontologists use to dig for bones and find real fossils of their own.

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Nature & Space

Cruise to the Galapagos Channel late Charles Darwin and visit the Galapagos Islands while aboard ship, Endeavor II. Sightsee and gaze over the terrain and learn about the diversity of animals and plants found nowhere else in the world! Behind Falls Niagara Falls is one of most beautiful attractions in Canada - are you ready to journey behind it? Take elevator and descend 125 - feet into table rock where you walk through a short tunnel and gain access to two observation portals, located directly behind Falls! Wilderness Adventure Yellowstone National Park, located in Wyoming, is a gorgeous 3 500 - square - mile area that sits atop a volcanic hot spot that is home to bears, wolves, bison and antelope. Virtually explore Park and learn about its dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, gushing geysers, including the most famous, Old Faithful. Beautiful Bahamian Corals Dive into the turquoise waters of the Bahamas and learn about life on a coral reef! Get an up - close look at reef biodiversity and see why reefs are such an important part of our oceans. Fly Over Volcano Fly Over beautiful Klyuchevskaya Sopka Volcano in Russia and check out its spherical views and lava flows. Volcano, which erupt once every few years, will give kids a peek into a natural, but magical world. Explore Colossal Cave Through an interactive tour, explore the largest cave in the world, located in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam. Form during the Cambrian - Permian era, Cave is believed to be almost 450 million years old! Journey to Grand Canyon Make short stop and checkout one of the deepest canyons in the world - Grand Canyon! Spanning almost 2 000 feet, Grand Canyon is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island! That pretty large for rock formation! Stars Above Sahara take in the beauty of stellar constellations, which consist of billions of stars within the Milky Way. This picturesque view can be found in North Africa in sky that lights up the Sahara Desert at night. Rover Over Mars Travel to another planet and explore alongside trusty rover! Through use of the WebVR experiment, NASA gives those on earth a glimpse of beauty beyond our world - no high - tech spaceship require!

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Just For Fun

Hey Batter, Batter Calling all sports fans! Check out famous Yankee Stadium through Virtual Venue and see where your favorite players hit home runs! Interactive tour offers viewers the opportunity to see New York Stadium from soaring heights, from the scoreboard or from on top of home plate! Oh Dairy Just like Wisconsin, our Canadian neighbors in Ontario work hard to produce a variety of milk and cheeses for us to enjoy. Step into their factory and learn how these daily favorites are make, packaged and transported to local stores. Have Slice If youre fan of Pizza, youre in luck! Take a virtual tour and step into the kitchen of Peace Pizza, Florida - Base parlor that will teach you everything you want to know about making and baking delicious Pizza pies! At Fire Station Have you ever wondered what it is like to live at the Fire Station? Jet off to Toronto where you will see firsthand how firefighters live, care for their trucks and prepare for their jobs that help fight fires in their communities. Everything is Sweet Nothing is sweeter than freshly made pastries, cakes and baked goods! Bake alongside Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro as he takes you on a tour of his famous bakery, located in the heart of Hoboken. From family tradition of baking to a sense of community, this shop bakes just as much love as it does sugary treats. Sip of Cola Getting ready to see where the popular American beverage, Coca Cola is make! Watch in amazement as you tour the soft drink factory which shows how bottles are construct, filled and prepared for your fridge. Vroom, Vroom Buckle up and go behind the scenes at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan! Through an educational tour, you can learn how customers impact the design of vehicles and the engineering behind them as well as see how testing for Ford F - Series trucks perform. Houston to Base Get ready for mission - to go behind the scenes at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas! Viewers can learn about innovations in aerospace technology as well as watch history be made with the launch of the Starliner / CST - 100 spacecraft and deployment and utilization of the Space Launch System. Get ready for liftoff!

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The Grand Canyon, USA

Set out to explore the canyonas rim, peering into multi - hue chasm carven by the Colorado River over millions of years. Stop at Point Imperial and Cape Royal for short walks and chance to capture amazing photos. Choose from a variety of hikes for all levels and learn about the parkas unique ecosystems and geology while enjoying sweeping views at every turn. Return to lodge this evening and capture the canyonas dazzling colors at Sunset from the stone balcony overlooking the Canyon. Rise early this morning for spectacular sunrise before journeying north across Kaibab Plateau on Mount Carmel Scenic Byway, passing the vermilion, white, and pink cliffs of Grand Staircase and orchards of Long Valley. Later this afternoon, take a short hike before settling into our hotel in Zion Canyon. This evening, learn about the fascinating geological history of the Grand Staircase that stretches from Bryce, through Zion, and into Grand Canyon National Park. Bid farewell to Zion this morning with one last hike before continuing to our final destination, Bryce Canyon National Park. A hike along Canyon rim from Fairyland Canyon to Sunset Point offers a breathtaking introduction to this natural wonder. Settle into our home for the next two nights near the rim of the Canyon. This evening, join Park ranger for starry telescope viewing on Canyon rim. Spend the day exploring Bryce's famous hoodoos and learning about one of the world's geologic masterpieces. From the rim of the Canyon, ground falls away to reveal a gallery of hoodoos, fins, mazes, and spires in shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, and cream. Today's hikes wind along the rim and down into this striking landscape. Watch sun set over the Canyon and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

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Mount Everest, Nepal

Hundreds of international mountaineers journey to Mount Everest each spring hoping to make a successful ascent of the worldas highest peak. The vast majority of their time, however, isnat spent climbing up flanks of mountain.S Itas spent resting, acclimatizing, and preparing at mountainas two principal base camps, one on the Nepal side and one on the opposite side of the mountain in Tibet. Life at base camp is an odd mix of mundane domesticity, logistical challenges, and the occasional flash of life - or - death drama. According to popular Everest blogger Alan Arnette, Nepal's Ministry of Tourism has issued 375 Everest climbing permits for the 2019 spring season; on the north side, there are reportedly 144 foreign climbers. Itas illegal to simply show up at base camp with a climbing permit, pitch tent, and try to climb mountain. All foreigners must climb the mountain through a locally licensed logistics company, which supplies base camp accommodations, meals, and basic bathroom facilities. Itas been said that the army fights on its stomach, and it's same on Everest. Expeditions invest massive amounts of effort and resources to provide their clientele with the best food they can. Most commercial expeditions strive to provide three square meals a day, which include protein, carbohydrate,s and some form of fruit or vegetables. Staples like rice, pasta, eggs, fruit and vegetables, and flatbreads form the bulk of ingredients, but creative chiefs will find ways to keep diet interesting. Regular shipments of fresh produce delivered via yak, helicopter, or jeep help immensely. At Nepal's Khumbu Glacier base camp, Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee insure that basic sanitation standards are upheld. Chinese officials perform the same function at Rongbok Glacier base camp. Bathroom tents are constructed so that waste can be removed in trash bag - lined plastic barrels, to be hauled to lower elevations and dispose. Trash is likewise collected and remove. Although these practices ensure modern camps are kept relatively clean, venture off trail bit and you will discover large piles of trashathe remnants of expeditions from earlier, less enlightened times. On the Nepal side, efforts are ongoing to gradually remove all this trash. This year, in an effort to limit the amount of trash and waste, Chinese officials restricted access to Tibet base camp to climbing expeditions, forbidding tourists from visiting. Like all cities, there are some " That are better than others, which is to say not all Everest teams enjoy the same accommodation. What separates high - end camps from budget accommodation Fanciest commercial outfitters now provide walk - in wall tents with beds, unlimited electricity through gasoline generators, hot showers, strong reliable Wi - Fi, projectors for after - dinner movies, and even dedicated tents for yoga and stretching. But such creature comforts dona€™t come cheap. Most luxurious operators charge upwards of $100 000; while budget outfit costs between $25 000 - $40 000.

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The northern lights

Fly overnight to ReykjavAk. Upon arrival, explore the cityas colorful historic quarter, where Icelandas first street was constructed in the 18 century. Discover landmarks including towering HallgrAmskirkja Church, completed in 1986, with its distinct tower that can be seen from anywhere in the city. Visit the National Museum of Iceland, featuring treasures from Viking settlements, medieval monasteries, and contemporary artists. In evening, settle into your accommodations aboard National Geographic Endurance. Explore Icelandas wild western coast, where the world of Icelandic sagas comes to life. View jag rock spires rising toward clouds and spectacular waterfalls flowing over hills. Visit Flatey island, centuries - old fishing and trading post, and walk through townas single street amid roaming sheep. Meet local families who have called this remote region home since their Viking ancestors first settled in Iceland in the ninth century. Later, cruise up the coast by Zodiac to see where Erik Red is said to have set sail in 982 AD on his first voyage to Greenland. Today, National Geographic Endurance crosses the Denmark Strait, where East Greenland Current carries ice south from the Arctic Circle. Enjoy presentations from our experts and be on the lookout for seals; humpback whales; and seabirds such as fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns. Take advantage of our onboard amenities by relaxing in the sauna or browsing in the library. In evening, keep an eye out for ethereal northern lights, which can be seen at this time of year. Weall spend the next several days exploring the rugged coast of Northeast Greenland National Park, worldas largest National Park. The park covers over 375 000 square miles of pristine wilderness and has no permanent human population except for elite dogsled patrolling team. Weather and ice conditions will dictate our route, and each day's itinerary remain flexible in order to make the most of exploration opportunities. Our ice - class expedition ship, equipped with state - of - art sonar and reinforced hull, allows us to forge through ice smoothly and comfortably. As we travel along the coast, venture out by kayak or Zodiac to explore the astonishing ice - dot landscape at water level, paddling past sheer cliffs and jag mountains rising from the sea. Watch for polar bears stalking ice floes, Atlantic walruses feeding, and pods of elusive narwhals. Our National Geographic photographer will help you capture images of wildlife and breathtaking panoramas. Glimpse fascinating marine life and geological features below the surface via underwater cameras and remotely operated vehicles deployed by our undersea specialist.S Northern Lights put on a spectacular show at night, weather permitting, illuminating the sky in shades of pink and green. Our course will take us south to Scoresbysund, largest and longest fjord system on Earth, named for Arctic explorer William Scoresby, who first mapped the area in 1822. At entrance stands an isolated settlementahome to a few hundred native Greenlanders who have maintained their traditions for generations.

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Hang Son oong , Vietnam

With support from the National Geographic Global Exploration Fund and numerous sponsors, Martin Edstrom and his team mounted a successful expedition to Hang Son Doong in Vietnam in early 2015. The result was a next - generation digital story, covering large parts of the Cave in 360 images and audio. This interactive and immersive experience from Cave lets you explore the Cave for yourself. You can now explore Son Doong 360 interactive story for yourself on nationalgeographic. Com. Hang Son Doong in Vietnam is the world's largest Cave. Its opening was discovered in the early 1990s, but the cave wasnt fully explored until 2009. Scientists have just begun to unravel its many unique features and describe its specific ecology. A unique landscape has formed inside Son Doong thanks to two collapsed dolines, or sinkholes, that let daylight in. This has given life to the cave, making it possible for two separate forests to grow within the cave. Since its full discovery in 2009, only a few dozen people have been able to see the Cave from inside. In 2014, plans to build massive infrastructure inside Son Doong became public. One such plan was to build a cable - car system inside the cave, which would greatly alter the caves ' pristine condition. This was met with massive outcry from conservationists and Cave scientists, as well as from parts of the general public. These potential developments give urgency to this project: telling the story of Son Doong before it was too late.

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Yosemite national park, USA

Yosemite is one of the most famous and most beautiful National Parks in the United States. It is home to Sierra Nevada mountains, gorgeous meadows, rushing rivers, magical forests, and iconic El Capitan, 900 - metre tall vertical cliff face. You can scale El Capitan with US climber Lynn Hill, first person to free climb the route in 1993. Learn about skills and techniques as you make your way to the top. Just look down! Once youve finished your climb, you can explore more of Yosemite with these 360 - degree images. Dont forget to check out Bridalveil Fall, Ahwahnee Meadow and Yosemite Falls!

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Zhangjiajie national forest park, China

Nature is usually best observed unfiltered, with nothing between you and trees, bees, and breeze. But sometimesafor comfort, safety, or practicalityaitas better to opt for the next best thing: seeing the natural world through a wall or bubble of glass that protects you from elements. Itas is a quiet thrill to stare down sharks from inches away in the underwater Glass tunnel, cozy indulgence to admire Northern Lights in Finland from king bed in a heated Glass aigloo. With these 10 travel experiences, Glass adds a touch of class. In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, sequel to childrenas classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Elevator accidentally goes into orbit. Bailong Elevator, built alongside massive rock pillar in southern China as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, does go that high, but at 1 099 feet, is nearly as tall as the Empire State Building. The ride is short but memorable 66 seconds as it soars high above the Canyon below. The best birda€™s - eye view of many natural wonders is from a€œwhirlybird, a€ as big front and side windows in tourist helicopters let passengers take Instagram - worthy aerial shots. Chopper tours are offered at many National parks, including Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Hawaii Volcanoes. Prices vary widely, With 15 - minute flight over Chile a€™s Torres del Paine National Park costing $285, but a short flight with view of the Great Smoky Mountains mere $29. Bubble tops on scenic train cars are becoming as common as toupees on male politicians. While the latter is meant to cover up the bald Dome, former opens up view for passengers. Two Alaska Railroad Scenic trains include cars with glass - domed ceilings; four Rocky Mountaineer train routes feature panoramic Dome cars for passengersa pleasure on scenic routes through Western Canada; and four Via Rail Canada routes have Panorama Dome cars. An Open - air scenic boat ride in blazing heat, rain, or cold weather is no fun, nor is retreat to the boatas cabin area, because then you miss the scenery. Solution is Glass - in, climate - control tour boats, which have proliferated in rivers that bisect cities like Chicago, Paris, Copenhagen, Singapore, and Strasbourg. Even better, glass - top boat that plies Heidelbergas Neckar River is solar - power, ensuring a quiet and carbon - free ride.

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