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National Park Foundation: Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park

The following blog is an excerpt from, “Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park” by the National Park Foundation.

Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park

Got a bit of downtime? Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom, there are countless ways to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque online

Virtual Visits 

Get up close and personal with parks through virtual tours. Learn more about the history of these legendary places and how essential their protection and preservation is in ensuring these sites are enjoyed for generations to come. 

Clara Barton National Historic Site 

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Clara Barton National Historic Site (NPS Photo / Flickr)

A U.S. Patent Office clerk turned field nurse, Clara Barton was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross. Her life and legacy are celebrated at Clara Barton National Historic Site, the Glen Echo, Maryland house that was her home for the last 15 years of her life, as well as the national headquarters of the American Red Cross, a dormitory for staff, and a warehouse for relief supplies. 

In a virtual tour, explore the house’s many rooms and hallways, including twelve restored rooms. Hear the “voice of Clara Barton” provide descriptions in her own words and navigate the tour with your mouse to see 360-degree views. Younger virtual visitors can enjoy educational, interactive learning activities, and print out a personalized certificate upon completion.  

Hot Springs National Park 

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Bathhouse Row at Hot Springs National Park (iStock / Tizod)

The thermal waters of Hot Springs National Park have drawn visitors for centuries. Originally a site for American Indians to quarry novaculite, the area’s hot springs soon became a favored destination for those seeking health treatments. Now nicknamed “the American Spa,” the park preserves more than 20 miles of trails, 40 hot springs, and the historic Bathhouse Row – a stunning showcase of Gilded Age architecture. 

Continue reading, Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park from the National Park Foundation here.

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