March 24, 2020
Museums are closed and travel is shut down, but you can still take yourself on a virtual tour for free from your home. It not only gives you something interesting to do to fill time, but it's a great way to inspire ideas for future trips. Here are five really cool virtual tours to check out. There's many more-- just search your interests and see what pops up.
Some tips for your cyber field trip:
 Why not make it special and schedule it like you would a normal trip out? Write a time on your calendar so it's something to look forward to. Bring your kids or your roommate. Make some popcorn.
 These tours are free, but if you have a couple bucks to spare, donate something equivalent to a museum admission to the place you are virtually visiting or to a charity or arts group.
 Take notes. Don't view a virtual tour as a substitute for travel but as research for places you might like to visit in the future.
1.) Paris, France: The Louvre
One of the most famous art museums in the world, The Louvre offers virtual displays of some of their exhibits, including Egyptian antiquities and the works of Michaelangelo. See the virtual exhibits here: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs
2.) San Jose, California: Winchester Mystery House
Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm William Winchester, had constant construction on her home for decades. It's said she was afraid of the ghosts of victims of her husband's Winchester rifles and that the nonsensical doors and stairways to nowhere would confuse them. This virtual tour of the sprawling property lets you see Winchester's seance room, the bedroom she died in and gives you tidbits of history from the era she lived in. The tour is available through April 7 here: https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/video-tour/
3.) Figueres, Spain: The Dali-Theatre Museum
"Why use LSD when you can be Dali?" the famous surrealist master once asked rhetorically. The museum is as awesomely weird as Salvador Dali (who is buried at the museum) was. A virtual tour lets you see the grounds and some exhibits here: https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/museums/dali-theatre-museum-in-figueres/visita-virtual/
4.) New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The natural wonder of the Carlsbad Caverns includes 120 known caves, surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert. Check out some awe-inspiring imagery here: https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/carlsbad-caverns/natural-entrance-tour
5.) Virtual hike on the Great Wall of China
This series of walls measure over 13,000 miles, built during the Ming dynasty. This tour takes you down a stretch of it. Get your virtual hiking boot on here: https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
Happy virtual traveling and stay tuned to the Cream City Hostel blog for more online entertainment and travel planning tips!