10 U.S. National Parks to Explore on Google Earth During Lockdown

If you’re feeling a tad bit of crazy due to social distancing, you’re not alone. We’re all used to moving around a lot, having roadtrips, and hanging out with people. So, it’s pretty difficult to get accustomed to always stay at home. 

For those who are fond of going on adventures, and are longing for the fresh air and sunshine, we have good news for you. While nothing can truly replace the joy of going out and visiting your target destinations, Google Earth is allowing us to explore different parks and places from the comforts of our home. And below are 10 of our favorites.

1. Everglades National Park

As the United States’ largest tropical wilderness, you’ll get to experience the beautiful sanctuary of 36 protected species here including the American crocodile, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee.

View this post on Instagram

. . 𝟛. 𝔼𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕘𝕝𝕒𝕕𝕖𝕤 ℕ𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕝 ℙ𝕒𝕣𝕜 Everglades National Park, FL 33030 The amount of wildlife this park has to offer will leave you impressed! -Take a airboat tour -Shark Valley Observation Tower -Hike down a few different trails: Gumbo Limbo, Anhinga, Mahogany or Hammock Trails -Canoe/kayak the glades, just watch out for the gators! . . . . **𝘊𝘖𝘗𝘠𝘙𝘐𝘎𝘏𝘛 𝘋𝘐𝘚𝘊𝘓𝘈𝘐𝘔𝘌𝘙 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘰 𝘐 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘜𝘴𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝟣𝟢𝟩 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜.𝘚. 𝘊𝘰𝘱𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘈𝘤𝘵 𝟣𝟫𝟩𝟨.** . . #usatravel #ilovetotravel #travel #travelideas #sunshinestate #florida #floridaeverglades #gator #nature #hike #everglades #evergladesnationalpark #pureflorida #gumbolimbo #anhinga #mahoganyhammocktrail #florida #rawcaptur #sharkvalleyobservationtower #airboat #wildlife #thingstodoinflorida #exploringtheusa #exploringflordia #exploringtheus #travelingtheusa #travelingtheus #adventure #florida

A post shared by 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨.𝗦 ✈ (@traveling_the_u.s) on

2. Yellowstone National Park

If you’re into boiling mud pots and colorful hot springs, you might want to check this one out. It’s full of beautiful and intriguing geothermal sites that you wouldn’t want to miss!

3. Grand Canyon National Park

For those who are afraid of heights but have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon in person, this might be a good alternative. You can now enjoy its unique multi-colored layers and stunning sights in your computer or phone.

View this post on Instagram

They say the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and I completely support that decision 😍⠀ Out of all the places I’ve seen in the US, the Grand Canyon is by far my favorite place. The beauty, depths, and vastness are unreal. ⠀ This picture barely encapsulates it’s true beauty!⠀ ⠀ #thegrandcanyon #southrimgrandcanyon #outdoortones #grandcanyonnationalpark #hikersofinstagram #hikingtrails #nationalparkgeek #grandcanyonnps #sunsetphotography #grandcanyonsunset #nationalparkphotography #outdoorphotographer #wildernesstones #wildernessnation #nationalparksusa #grandcanyontrip #southrimtrail #landscapelovers #landscapephotos #landscapephotography #ilovetheoutdoors #sunsetlandscape #sunsets_captures #sunsetcolors #sunsetlovers #hikevibes

A post shared by KYLEIGH (Ky) | photographer | (@wild_kyote) on

4. Badlands National Park

Perfect for anyone who’s not a fan of the cold weather in South Dakota, you now get to explore Badlands’ pinnacles, wildlife, and mammal fossils from your couch.

5. Redwood National Park

Home to half of the remaining coastal redwoods and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” scenes, this is great for those who love trees and are one with the force.

View this post on Instagram

Sequoia National Park, California📍The red wood tree is an evergreen, long-lived, tall, monoecious tree living 1’200 – 1’800 years or more 😦🌲 This tree is a symbol in California. This tree species includes the tallest living trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet in height and up to 29 feet in diameter. 🌲💕🤯 These trees are absolutely beautiful and are amazing to see 🥰 • TAG or SEND this post to a friend who would love to visit the red woods! 🥰 • Follow @natureuniversee 🌍 Follow @natureuniversee 🔆 Follow @natureuniversee 💕 • Use #natureuniversee for a chance to get featured 🤩🌍💕 • • PC:@ryanresatka

A post shared by Travel • Photography • Nature (@natureuniversee) on

6. Joshua Tree National Park

Explore the trails of this desert landscape without breaking a sweat and perhaps mentally prepare yourself for the “real” hiking on your future visit.

7. Virgin Islands National Park

If you’ve been longing to feel the sand between your toes, this might be a good virtual vacation. Surrounded with beautiful coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forest, it’s a tour you shouldn’t miss.

8. Yosemite National Park

Stand in awe of its beautiful waterfalls, cliffs, and forests without having to climb it yourself.

9. Channel Islands National Park

Ocean views, lighthouses, cliffs, and underwater parks- what else is there to ask for? Just sit in front of a fan for an added “realistic” breezy effect.

10. Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Home to a wide range of tree, vertebrate, and plant species, this park has no shortage of things you can explore. Walk along its trails and let its view take your breath away.

View this post on Instagram

“Great Smoky Mountains is the most biodiverse park in the National Park system. Biological diversity, or ‘biodiversity’, means the number and variety of different types of animals, plants, fungi, and other organisms in a location or habitat. Encompassing over 800 square miles in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, no other area of equal size in a temperate climate can match the park's amazing diversity. Over 19,000 species have been documented in the park and scientists believe an additional 80,000-100,000 species may live here.” Source: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/index.htm #GrandmaJoysRoadTrip #Smokies #GreatSmokyMountainsNationalPark #GreatSmokyMountains #SmokyMountains #AppalachianMountains #GoParks #FindYourPark #IntoTheWild #USNationalParks #NationalParks #NationalParkService #OutdoorAdventures #TravelBlogger #National_Park_Photography #MountainStream #NationalParkGeek #GreatOutdoors #TheGreatOutdoors #GoExplore #StayAndWander #WeLiveToExplore #OpenMyWorld #VentureOut #AdventureThatIsLife #KeepItWild #TravelingOurPlanet #EarthOfficial #CreateScenery #PassionPassport @nationalparkservice @greatsmokynps

A post shared by Grandma Joy’s Road Trip (@grandmajoysroadtrip) on

Amid this stressful and uncertain time, it’s important you find time to relax and enjoy the little things. So, we urge you to take these tours and have a mini vacation at home. Dream on!