It’s been almost a full month since Illinois was issued the official stay at home order, and even longer that most of us have been in self-quarantine. It’s been hard on everyone, but we are all finding ways to stay positive amidst the worry and uncertainty. What are ways you stay positive? 

I always find hiking and being in nature really helpful to calm down and reflect. Although state and national parks are closed, there are virtual tours available for some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Take a virtual trip this week to explore some of the United States’ most breathtaking national parks. 

Let’s get started! 

Yellowstone National Park

Follow this link to begin exploring some of the main attractions at this legendary park. Each tour includes information about each location, its history and the wildlife that can be found there. Who knows? You may end up planning a trip there when this is all over! 

Five Parks in One Place! 

If you follow this link, you will find videos and 3D tours from Google Arts & Culture for five parks located across the US. Each park shows just how varied our country truly is. The tour starts out in Alaska at the Kenai Fjords National Park, taking you through the mountains, glaciers, fjords, and surrounding ocean in this rugged wilderness. The second stop takes you through Hawaii’s Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. In this part of the tour, you’ll get to go through a lava tube and over an active volcano. Third stop is in New Mexico for a walkthrough of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Travel into the deep caverns where you’ll spot bats hanging in the caves and then out into the desert to see the striking rock formations. The fourth stop is in the rocky landscape of Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Here, you can see the red and orange rocks in the daylight, and the vivid stars at night. The last stop for this series is in Florida at Dry Tortugas National Park. Dive beneath the waves to see coral reefs and a shipwreck! 

There are even more tours offered by Google and individual parks. Try searching for your favorite national park or one you’ve always wanted to visit and see if they offer a tour!