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Virtual Tour Our National Parks

Hello families, educators and explorers,

As we continue to strive to stay connected while maintaining distance, we celebrate the educators, students, and families who work tirelessly to make life as normal as possible. Here at Experience it is our mission to provide transformative travel experiences. Though these adventures are currently being shared virtually, we hope these iconic and renowned destinations keep you motivated and inspired.  

Let’s set out on another Experience virtual adventure together to explore the natural wonders of a few of the iconic US National Parks!

Explore the beautiful warm red and orange colors of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah.  This interactive virtual tour highlights the famous desert landscape of Sunset Point.  Certified as an International Dark Sky Park, enjoy a star-filled night sky.  Get up close and personal to unique rock formations and even explore a canyon on horseback. 

Take in the breathtaking views via Google Earth virtual tour of the Grand Canyon.  Experience all of the park’s top sites.  Hike the rugged Bright Angel Trailhead, cross the Colorado River using the Kaibab Suspension Bridge, appreciate the grandeur of the canyons with the panoramic view from Hopi Point and so much more.

It’s easy to see why Zion National Park in Utah is one of the most popular parks in the nation.  The Zion National Park Angels Landing eHike allows you to explore this magnificent trail carved out of solid rock.  Starting off at Grotto drop off point journey down this 2.5 mile trail with steep switchbacks, towering cliffs, dizzying drop-offs, surrounded by a picturesque sculpted canyon. 

On the border of Arizona and Utah, in the red-sand desert region, discover Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park.  Some of the most recognizable rock formations in the world can be found here.  Enjoy this informative video journey into the valley with a Navajo tour guide.  The fully narrated tour introduces you to the Navajo culture and immerses you in the majestic landscape.      

Virtual field trips are an excellent opportunity to explore the world around us and expand our imaginations. 

Looking forward to our next adventure!

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Virtual Tour of Florida

Hello families and educators, 

We are thrilled to take you on a journey of discovery through Florida this week!

Experience STEAM lessons from the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) with their virtual field trips. Watch educational videos on exciting experiments with colorful flames, learn about trace evidence in forensic science and take a chemistry class with a lab demonstration on compounds and mixtures. 

Become a virtual junior ranger! Engage in interactive digital resources, including adventures throughout Florida’s State Parks by live webcam and watch the majestic manatees swimming in their natural environment. 

Launch into space without leaving home! Kennedy Space Center sends explorers like you on engaging journeys of discovery with hands-on STEM activities and other free online learning resources, where educators are available to answer questions from curious minds. 

View modern and contemporary international art exhibits at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Explore their digital museum, where there are virtual tours, art talks, activities for students and other educational resources.

Step into the streets of Miami! For the colorful Arts District experience, Wynwood Miami has started #WynAtHome on their social media channels with videos and photos of this dynamic destination. 

Keep dreaming and learning from home. Our next adventure is just around the corner.

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Virtual Tour of New York City

Hello families and educators,

Our gift to you this week is interactive learning in New York City, a place where dreams are made, from inspirational immigrant stories on Ellis Island to breathtaking performances on Broadway. 

We invite you to join us on these unforgettable experiences of New York City!

Stroll around Ellis Island National Monument in this interactive online experience, beginning in front of the Main Immigration Building that opened in 1900. Click on the icons to see historic photos, step inside the rooms and view more sites on the map. Immigrants came through Ellis Island for more than 60 years, seeking the freedoms promised in the U.S.

Experience the hit musicals of Broadway by watching livestreamed performances from Andrew Lloyd Webber, which is only available for a limited time. See spectacular epics portrayed by world-famous stage performers, including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Visit the Tenement Museum through virtual experiences, from historic articles and digital exhibits to featured podcasts and panel discussion videos. Discover what life was like for residents in the tenement buildings in the Lower East Side and explore stories that still shape American identity today. 

The Lincoln Center delivers impressive at home performing arts workshops and performances, including live videos, concerts, dance lessons, performances and more! Watch their livestream events or explore what they shared in previous weeks to learn from home.  

Gain a deeper understanding of the National 9/11 Memorial through interactive explorations of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, reflecting on memories, the collections of artifacts and inspirational stories of commemoration.

Go on an absolutely beautiful virtual tour of Central Park with an audio guide who shares a background on landmarks along the way. See horse-drawn carriages, an oasis of greenery around the lake, a gorgeous sculpture of an angel blessing the waters of Bethesda Fountain and wander off the paved path to enjoy the oak trees.

Sending you virtual tours every week is one of our favorite things during this stay-at-home season. We encourage you to continue sharing these with teachers and students who would like a more interactive approach to learning from home.

Until next time!

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Virtual Tour of Seattle

Hello families and educators,

We miss schools visiting us here in our hometown of Seattle, so we want to take you all on a virtual tour of some of our favorite highlights. 

Experience the Culture of Seattle

Go on a quick walking tour of the University of Washington (UW) campus, where the library architecture is reminiscent of Hogwarts and there is a spectacular view across the Drumheller Fountain of Mount Rainier on a clear day. See the cherry blossoms in full bloom on this calming journey through the UW quad.

Get to know the Seattle community of farmers and craftspeople at Pike Place Market, where everything is local, from the homemade arts and crafts to the specialty foods and fresh produce. 

See the panoramic view of the skyscrapers and surrounding mountain ranges from the Space Needle. 

Every day the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is releasing new blog stories, covering everything from Minecraft to Tiger King and more. 

Learn from Local Engineers 

Learn from Facebook engineers in an informational interview to find out what excited them about their work and discover what they love about working in the international city of Seattle.

Go on a tour inside the huge Microsoft campus in the Seattle area to step into the future of tech and explore the workplace of Xbox creators.

Watch this heartwarming video from Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, meeting the adorable dogs that come to work with Amazonians here in the big city. 

Experience the short films of innovation in aerospace and aviation from Boeing, launching into space and getting a firsthand perspective from the flight deck with pilots.  

What a Journey! 

Thank you for joining us again this week on our third virtual tour. We encourage you to continue sharing these with your community.

See you on our next virtual tour!

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Virtual Tour of Alaska

Hello families and educators,

We are thinking of you! Here is a warm thank you to our community of parents and educators who are continuing to cultivate learning from home. As a gift from us to you, please accept our continued appreciation in the form of virtual tours around the world. 

Let’s set out on our second virtual adventure together to discover the wonders of Alaska!

Watch this short video on the Alaska Native Heritage Center to listen to their traditional music, see the cultural artifacts, explore the dwellings and imagine dancing along with Alaska’s Indigenous People to the beat of the drum. 

Go on a virtual kayak tour to view the clear skies and calm waters of Byers Lake in Denali State Park. 

Engage in at-home learning experiences through the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Explore free curriculum on wood bison and grizzly bears that encourages students to ask questions that lead them to deepen their understanding of the Alaskan landscape and diversity of wildlife in the world.

Get a glimpse into space and earth science with this STEM video, guided by the innovative experts at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA). 

Experience virtual tours and in-depth educational videos of Kenai Fjords National Park. Journey into the beautiful landscape of Alaska to discover the wonders of the glaciers, local wildlife, geology and so much more!

Virtual field trips are an excellent opportunity to explore the world around us and expand our imaginations. We hope you enjoy these resources and encourage you to share them with your students and your community.

Looking forward to our next adventure!

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Virtual Tour of Washington DC

Hello families and educators,

You impress us! We see you working from home, preparing lesson plans for your students and going above and beyond to take on these unprecedented times. While your students are home, we want to send some educational escapes your way. 

Let’s start out with our first stop on this learning journey, Washington DC. 

Go on a Smithsonian virtual tour of the National Museum of Natural History. Visit the first floor to walk through the dinosaur exhibits in the Hall of Fossils and explore the FossiLab. On the second floor, discover how plants and animals are Partners in Evolution. Learn how human cultures have been influenced by nature and transform natural resources into creative objects in Objects of Wonder. Follow the links to see past and present exhibits throughout the museum.

Spend time in the online exhibits of the National Archives. Read the Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. See these documents in the original handwriting and consider how they built the framework for the rights of the American people. Take a journey through the Records of Rights, where museum exhibits illustrate how the understanding of equal rights and how that is applied has changed since the U.S. was founded.

Take a virtual tour of the capitol buildings, exploring the architectural history of the U.S. Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and other nearby landmarks. 

Journey to nearby Mount Vernon for an interactive virtual tour of the preserved estate of President George Washington. Step into the family Mansion for a unique and close view of the treasures within each room. Continue walking through all the outbuildings, linger in the gardens, explore the gristmill and see the rare books in the Library.

There are so many great experiences to learn about the foundations of America in Washington DC. We hope this is a resource you can share with your students.

Until next time, the whole Experience team is still thinking of you and planning amazing adventures for when we’re all ready to go out again!

See you soon!