As confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to increase, states and localities across the United States have extended stay-at-home orders through April, leaving many would-be travelers no option except to self-isolate in their homes.
The State Department has issued a global Level 4 health advisory, out of four, warning against all international travel and urging U.S. citizens to return home lest they face being stuck abroad for an indefinite period of time.
There has already been an increase in famous attractions offering virtual tours to promote social distancing. Vacationing from home has become a new way for life to proceed somewhat normally as spring enters full swing.
Here is a list of beaches and attractions offering an escape from home, with sights and sounds to ease your cabin fever.
Hvar island, Croatia
The east side of the Adriatic Sea may not be the first destination that comes to mind for idyllic views, but this island, near the shores of Dubrovnik, offers a live stream of the port and Pakleni islands, along with more hours of sun per year than any other European island. Stick around for the sunset and enjoy the views of Mediterranean architecture.
A destination well known for its history and sprawling canals, Venice has a rolling live-stream setup with cameras around the city showcasing views of the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square and Grand Canal. The live shots also include classical music to accompany the views from notable hotels, including Ruzzini Palace and Hotel Pausania.
Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
The aquarium receives nearly 2 million visitors per year. The offerings during the pandemic include a wide array of live streams from underwater exhibits. Calming music plays over videos featuring jellyfish dancing, sharks gliding and sea otters sunbathing while holding paws.
At 2,425 feet tall, the upper section of Yosemite Falls gives virtual visitors a picturesque view of the peak of one of the world’s tallest waterfalls. Webcam viewers can also take in El Capitan wall, the Half Dome, High Sierra Camp and more.
Yellowstone Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful
Viewers can see information on hydrothermal features and a calculated prediction for the next time Old Faithful is scheduled to erupt.
The Reach Resort in Key West, Fla.
The popular resort is offering a live stream from its oceanfront property with tantalizing views of the southernmost point in the United States. Take in the palm trees, white sand beaches and crystal-blue water as far as you can see.
Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous beach hosts millions of visitors around the world during New Year’s celebrations, but the shores of the strip are empty these days. The live stream shows a calmer side of Brazil with waves, a few travelers and a mountainous background to ease your travel woes.
One of spring break’s most popular beach destinations has been brought to a standstill. The live stream has a view of the immaculately manicured beach and deep-blue ocean, but don’t expect to find a tourist in sight.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
South Carolina can get overshadowed by some of the more postcard-perfect beaches in America, but Myrtle Beach remains beloved by many tourists. Viewers of the live stream can take in the calmness of the boardwalk along plenty of its shoreline.
Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego
If this tagline isn’t a selling point — “Crashing waves. Ocean breezes. Beaming sunshine” — the view of the Pacific Coast of San Diego from this hotel’s beach live stream should give viewers reason to stick around for a bit.
Clearwater Beach, Fla.
At one point, Clearwater Beach was named the top beach in the nation because of its attractions and coastal location. Now, as coronavirus fears have all but emptied out Florida’s shorelines, viewers will have to settle on a live stream of the once-bustling area to get their beach vibes heading into the summer.
New York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, but few things could bring the city that never sleeps to a complete halt. The live stream of Times Square covers every corner of one of the world’s most recognizable tourist attractions, but the current reality means there’s not much movement.
Statue of Liberty National Monument
As confirmed coronavirus cases rose across New York, the Statue of Liberty was one of the first national parks to be shuttered. Visitors to the live stream can experience a panoramic view of the harbor including Lady Liberty and views from the torch and crown.
Malibu Beach Inn in California
The view from Carbon Beach showcases California in all its true Gold Coast glory. The luxury hotel offers a live stream of its surroundings complete with a panoramic view the Pacific Ocean and a chance to spot killer whales.