Looking for constructive ways to spend your time while practicing social distancing? You can explore 32 American national parks using Google Earth and Google Arts & Culture virtual tours from the comfort of home. If Yellowstone, Yosemite the Grand Canyon or Joshua Tree have been on your bucket list, it’s time to tick them off.

Alaska

1. Denali National Park

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Maine

2. Acadia National Park

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Utah

3. Arches National Park

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4. Bryce Canyon National Park

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5. Canyonlands

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6. Zion National Park

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Even in the southwest desert we can find green, especially after rain showers. Visitors are often surprised by the luxuriant vegetation found within Zion Canyon. The riparian area of the Virgin River supports enormous cottonwood trees and a diversity of herbaceous plants as well as grasses. Nearby, saturated wetlands make a nice habitat for cattails, willows, aquatic plants and rushes. Water seeping out of the Navajo sandstone creates tranquil springs and the unique “hanging gardens” for which Zion is famous. Within them, you can find ferns, various wildflowers and mosses. To learn more about other ecosystems, visit https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/nature/plants.htm NPS Photo / Omar Ramirez

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Hawaii

7. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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#ThrowbackThursday. Twelve years ago today, a small earthquake struck Kīlauea's summit at 2:58 a.m. on March 19, 2008. A small vent formed in Halema‘uma‘u, growing by leaps and bounds to eventually culminate in the world's largest lava lake. The unprecedented eruption and summit collapse of 2018 changed everything, and there is currently no lava lake or surface lava anywhere on island. But wow, what a run! Halema‘uma‘u is the home of Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian volcano goddess. Her home looks radically different today than it did in 2008. Were you able to see Halema‘uma‘u when it was filled with lava? NPS Photo/Janice Wei from 2017 #Kilauea #Halemaumau #goodolddays #glow #parkranger #lavalake

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California

8. Death Valley National Park

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9. Channel Islands National Park

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Hé-no rescued a village from a huge serpent. He lured the serpent to a spot on Buffalo Creek where he struck it with a thunderbolt. Fatally wounded, the serpent tried to escape to the safety of Lake Erie, but died before he could get away. His body floated downstream and stuck at the head of Niagara Falls, stretching nearly across the river and arching backward. The dammed up water broke the rocks, and the whole verge of the Falls along with the snake's body fell onto the rocks below. The break formed Horseshoe Falls, but in the process destroyed Hé-no's home. ⛈ • • • #estoric #wildernessculture #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #visualsofearth #simplyadventure #keepitwild #stayandwander #artofvisuals #ourplanetdaily #theoutbound #visualscollective #thegreatoutdoors #neverstopexploring #beautifuldestinations #traveldestinations_ig #discoverearth #travelstoke #lifeofadventure #livetoexplore #destinationearth #optoutside #collectivelycreate #folklore #interestingthings #historylover #adventure #livebravely

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10. Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree is a dark night sky park, but how do we keep these skies dark for future generations? By practicing Leave No Trace stewardship with the night sky! Follows these simple steps to reduce your light pollution impacts:⠀ ⠀ 🌌Turn off all the lights in and outside your house when going to bed. This will not only conserve energy, but it will help keep skies dark.⠀ ⠀ 🌠 Make sure your energy-saving lightbulbs are shielded down and not pointing up towards the sky. ⠀ ⠀ 🌟 Continue the conversation: talk to friends, family, and your social media followers to encourage your network to take steps in reducing their impacts. One conversation could go a long way!⠀ ⠀ What are other ways you are reducing your light pollution impacts? ⠀ ⠀ Photo: NPS / Kelsey Graczyk

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11. Redwood National and State Parks

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12. Sequoia National Park

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13. Yosemite National Park

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Virginia

14. Shenandoah National Park

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Hey, remember me? The star of the show? Just because I’m hibernating doesn’t mean I’m not still large and in charge! Sleeping is how animals like black bears adapt to the scarcity of their natural food sources that occur in the winter. Usually in Shenandoah, a black bear’s food source, like berries and nuts, begins to dwindle in late October and November. But if there is plenty of food available, bears may not den up at all and could continue to forage for food all winter. Some bears might even mosey around when winter temps run mild. Bears really begin to emerge from dens, hollow trees, brush piles—you name it—in March and April. 🐻 And the black bear year will start all over again.

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Ohio

15. Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Colorado

16. Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park

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17. Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde National Park is focusing on the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners and is implementing the latest guidance from the White House, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of today, we are suspending all public services in the park through the end of April. Though the park will remain open, we will suspend fee collections, and the Visitor and Research Center and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will be closed. Tours scheduled for the month of April have been cancelled. Weather permitting, the Mesa Top and Cliff Palace Loops will remain open. Park Point, Cedar Tree Tower and the Far View Sites will also be available. The park urges visitors to do their part when visiting to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. We will be updating information on this situation as it becomes available. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

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18. Rocky Mountain National Park

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On Sunday, the National Park Service turned 103!⁠ ⁠ The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916 to "promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations […] to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."⁠ ⁠ Fun facts:⁠ * Rocky Mountain National Park was one of many national parks created BEFORE the National Park Service existed! The Service was created to unify management of national parks and some national monuments.⁠ * National Parks are just one of at least 19 naming designations managed by the National Park Service. Other designations include National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Scenic Trails, and much more. Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/national-park-system.htm.⁠ ⁠ #rmnp Photo: @mollymccormickphoto

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Washington

19. Mount Rainier National Park

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Happy 121st Birthday, Mount Rainier National Park! “To foresee the beauty of Mount Rainier one must know many things —rivers, tumbling from boulder to boulder…a tiny fawn nestling under a shrub… flower fields that stretch unending distances… glaciers grinding and tearing at the high mound of rock… All of these things are separate, but all are a part of the story of Mount Rainier.” -John Barnett, former park naturalist, 1978 On March 2, 1899, Mount Rainier National Park was established as the 5th national park. Since time immemorial, the timeless presence of the mountain has inspired people to explore, to recreate, to connect with their heritage, and to fight for the preservation of this iconic mountain. How does Mount Rainier inspire you? ________ #findyourpark #mountrainiernps #mrnp #mountrainier #pnw #nps #encuentratuparque #happybirthday JD Hascup photo of Mount Rainier and a colorful sunset taken in July 2015 from Silver Forest near Sunrise ~pw/kl

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20. Olympic National Park

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South Dakota

21. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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22. Wind Cave National Park

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Texas

23. Big Bend National Park

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24. Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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Florida

25. Dry Tortugas National Park

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26. Everglades National Park

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"Hey! Get out of the way, I'm trying to fish here!" We're not sure if Green Herons are clever enough to recognize their own reflection, but there's no doubt that they are indeed clever birds. Did you know that Green Herons are one of the world's few tool-using bird species? They often drop twigs, insects, feathers, and other items on the surface of the water to create fishing lures and entice small fish. Photo by @plantmeat #WildlifeWednesday #GreenHeron #Birding #Birds #Birder #Ornothology #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #USInterior #NationalParkService #NPS #NationalPark #Florida #VisitFlorida #SouthFlorida #Miami #Travel #Outdoors #Wildlife #BirdPhotography

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Wyoming

27. Grand Teton National Park

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28. Yellowstone National Park

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Happy 148th birthday to Yellowstone National Park! On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone Protection Act into law. That’s 148 years of Yellowstone attributing to the countless memories for those who have visited this remarkable place. To celebrate, we want to hear about your favorite memory in the park. Was it a hike to an overlook that took your breath away? Maybe it was that one time fishing on the Lamar River? Hearing coyotes howl while sitting by your campfire? Going through the Roosevelt Arch for the first time? Thanks for being part of Yellowstone’s story. We look forward to reading your favorite memories in the comments! #HappyBirthdayYellowstone

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Tennessee

29. Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Montana

30. Glacier National Park

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Summer trip planning tip #6: Plan for limited communication. ​ ​ There is very limited cell and internet service in most of the park. During the busiest times of summer, cell service in areas like West Glacier that might otherwise have decent reception becomes much slower. Visit our webpage about connectivity (link in bio) to get more details. Make plans ahead of time if you’re meeting up with someone in the park, and explain to friends and family that you’ll likely have limited communication during your trip. Leave a trip itinerary with someone at home so someone knows of your plans in case you can’t be reached. ​ ​ ​ Rather than an inconvenience, the lack of connectivity can become a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the Glacier experience.

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Arizona

31. Grand Canyon National Park

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Caribbean

32. Virgin Islands National Park

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