Explore volcanoes, drop into glacier crevasse, fly with bats without leaving the house

Explore volcanoes, drop into glacier crevasse, fly with bats without leaving the house

A school of fish pass over a coral reef at Hanauma Bay on January 15, 2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Uncover the hidden worlds of the United States’national parks. And do it while practicing social distancing.

As the world fights the coronavirus pandemic, many people find themselves with some extra time in the day, with kids who are bored at home or looking for a new adventure.

Enter the country’s national parks.

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Originally, most of the national parks remained open while the United States started to deal with the spread of the virus. But because so many people didn’t have anywhere else to go, many headed for a national park. As crowds at those parks grew, the sheer number of people forced park rangers to close some parks.

But a partnership between the National Parks and Google Arts and Culture takes visitors deep inside the parks to explore things in-person guests wouldn’t even get a chance to experience.

The website features information about all of the National Parks, but it highlights five parks in particular.

Witness bald eagles in flight, take a deep dive into Exit Glacier, watch a glacier melt, witness a 40-ton humpback whale soar out of the water and more at Kenai Fjords in Alaska. The video above is an introduction to the park. CLICK HERE to see and learn more.

Take a flight from Alaska to Hawaii with the click of the mouse. Visit the island of Hawaii, explore lava tubes, visit the volcanic cliffs and explore an active volcano.

On to New Mexico, home of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Travel 750 feet underground to see the caverns, take flight with hundreds of thousands of bats that call the cavern home and experience life as a bat living in total darkness.

Fort Jefferson occupies about 1% of Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. The rest is under water. Dive a shipwreck and swim through the third largest coral reef in the world on this visit.

The website showcases Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, too.

Google Arts and Culture offers 360-degree tours of Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon and others.

For collections from Georgia’s national parks, click here.