Many hikers find themselves itching to finally leave the house and be free to wander in nature. Unfortunately, this is not the safest and kindest thing to do for yourself and others right now.

You might feel impatient to bring out your trekking poles and commune with nature. But that does not mean that you cannot enjoy a hike even while self-isolating. 

There are a lot of organizations that heard the plea of hikers for not being able to hike. Thus, some of them decided to launch virtual hikes.

All you need to do is turn on your computer. Hook it up to a Smart TV, if possible. That way, you can enjoy a virtual hike in all its glory. You might even be able to do it while on a treadmill or a cycling machine.

That said, here are eight incredible virtual hikes you can enjoy while still staying at home:

1. Redwood National Park, USA

Redwood National Park in the US is home to the world’s most humongous trees ever.

When you go on a hike in Redwood National Park, you will have amazing Sequoia and Sequoiadendron trees around you. If you miss being surrounded by towering trees, you can bask for a moment through the Redwood National Park virtual hike.

The virtual tour features a 360 image of the park, complete with ambient music. It is excellent for a quick and virtual romp in Redwood National Park in California.

2. Grand Canyon National Park, USA

If you would like to take a hike in the Grand Canyon, then the Grand Canyon National Park virtual tour is what you need.

This virtual hike features the iconic view of the Grand Canyon. Thus, you can still explore about two billion years of Earth’s history even while at home.

If you want another way to explore the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service also offers a virtual raft trip.

It is a geological tour down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It will start Lees Ferry and will end at the Lake Mead Recreational Area.

3. Mannlichen, Switzerland

After such a panoramic view as the Grand Canyon, you might want to enjoy a panoramic Alpine view.

Hence, we recommend the Mannlichen in Switzerland.

The Hiking Project launched a virtual hike of the Mannlichen trail. This includes a family-friendly route that starts from the village of Wengen and ends at Kleine Scheidegg.

It also features incredible views of the Monch, Jungfrau, and Eiger. These alpine peaks make the Swiss mountain range look like taken straight from a postcard.

The only drawback: You will need to make an account to take the virtual hike.

4. Banff, Canada

Banff is a national park in Canada that has its fair share of colorful lakes and towering mountains.

If you want to enjoy the view in the Banff National Park again, you can look at this 360 virtual photo that will get you a picture of Banff from the Stoney Squaw.

5. Yellowstone National Park, USA

Our last virtual hike spot from the US is the Yellowstone National Park.

Since it is the first national park in the United States, it is not surprising that a lot of hikers include this trail to their bucket list. 

The Yellowstone National Park is famous for having the Old Faithful Geyser and the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring. And you can have the chance to see these sights through the Yellowstone National Park virtual tour.

The virtual tour will let you explore everything ‒ from springs to falls, and geysers. It is, without a doubt, an exciting way to enjoy the park. But in the meantime, though, the virtual tour should suffice.

6. Mercantour Park, France

Google’s Arts and Culture offers a lot of virtual tours for people who are self-isolating to enjoy. One of which is the Mercantour Park virtual tour.

Located in France, the park boasts snowy mountain tops and the gleaming valleys.

7. Trakai Trails, Lithuania

If you’re exercising at home, this is the virtual hike you need to play with you. 

This YouTube video gives you a fascinating view of the Trakai Trails in Lithuania. It even has the sounds of nature included in it!

This walking tour will give you a fantastical experience that still retains its magic even when you’re stuck at home.

8. Juan de Fuca, Canada

Our second (and last) Canadian virtual tour that you should try out would be the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park hiking tour.

If you’re missing the Pacific coastline’s scenic view while hiking along with it, you can reminisce with the help of this hiking tour.

Although many hikers are stuck at home right now, it doesn’t mean that the spirit of hiking dies. This extra time you have can reignite interest and make you want more once the pandemic is over. With the help of these virtual hiking tours, hikers can scratch that itch and draw inspiration for their future hiking plans.

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