10 Virtual Destinations to Visit from Your Couch4 min read
Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t experience the world. Here are 10 spectacular destinations to check out on Google Maps.
Located in Rome, Italy, The Colosseum is the oldest surviving amphitheater in the world, built around 70 BC. At the time it was built, it was the largest amphitheater, holding up to 80,000 spectators for events like gladiator matches, battle reenactments and classical mythology plays.
The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 to 1789 and now stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check out the Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments and the Gardens of Versailles for some of the most beautiful virtual sights.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, located off the coast of Australia and spanning over 130,000 miles. This map shows a portion of the Great Barrier Reef off of Wilson Island, Queensland. Make sure to dive deep underwater for the best views!
Located on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt, the Great Sphinx is the oldest known monumental sculpture in the country. It was originally cut from the limestone bedrock and has since been restored with added layers of limestone. Also seen in the background: The Great Pyramids.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England. Each of the standing stones are about 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weigh 25 tons. It’s one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom gaining widespread speculation and folklore about its original purpose.
6. Bran Castle
Commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, Bran Castle is located in Transylvania, Romania. Although there is no evidence that Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, knew about this castle, there are many legends linking this fortress to the fictional character. It now serves as a museum for art and furniture collected by Romania’s Queen Marie.
7. Chichen Itza
Formerly an ancient Mayan city, Chichen Itza is the site of El Castillo, one of the most famous Mayan temples in Mexico. El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kulkulkan, a feathered serpent deity. During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the late afternoon sun casts a series of triangular shadows against the northwest balustrade, creating the illusion of a feathered serpent “crawling” down the pyramid.
Take a tour of the inside of the well-known Sydney Opera House, located in New South Wales, Australia. The structure was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and constructed by an Australian architectural team led by Peter Hall. It hosts more than 1,500 performances annually.
9. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was commissioned in 1632 by Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It also contains the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. The 42-acre complex also includes a mosque, a guest house and formal gardens.
10. The Matterhorn
Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn is one of the highest peaks of the Alps. Its near-symmetrical peak reaches 14,692 feet high and overlooks the Theodul Pass to the east, a Roman Era trade route. It’s one of the deadliest mountains to climb, but you can safely view its beautiful vistas from your couch!
Bonus: Tour a Fly Emirates plane and get a first-class feeling without leaving your house! Choose your seat wisely.