Take a 360-Degree Virtual Tour of Five U.S. National Parks

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On August 25, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday. Instead of lighting candles and blowing up balloons, Engadget reports, Google created a digital tribute to America’s protected lands: a series of virtual outdoor tours that highlights the attractions of five different parks.

“The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” is a new Google Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary. It lets web users take 360-degree narrated excursions through the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Bryce Canyon in Utah, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park near Key West, Florida, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southern New Mexico.

In addition to panoramic video, TechCrunch reports, the visual trips offer photos, narration, and guided "tours" from park rangers. You can view Hawaii’s active volcanoes from above, snorkel through the Dry Tortugas’s coral reefs, and kayak along Alaska’s majestic fjords.

If you've caught a serious case of (digital) wanderlust, you can take a virtual tour online, or through the Google Arts & Culture App on iOS and Android. Happy travels, nature lovers! 

[h/t Engadget]

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