Virtual Tours and Educational Resources
This page includes listings of virtual tours and educational resources that NTA members have available, and it is sorted based on three categories: destinations, tour suppliers, and tour operators. The digital resources shown can help you stay current with information on what’s available from your NTA partners and give you ideas to plan future itineraries for the time when travel returns. (To have your organization’s information included here, email links to virtual tours or educational resources to NTA’s Pat Henderson.)
Transport yourself to Washington, DC on dozens of immersive, first-person adventures. Experience what it’s like to step foot inside the majestic Lincoln Memorial, walk through bustling Union Market or visit a free Smithsonian Institution museum.
Contact: Lindsay Hill
VISIT SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara, CA
Ready to check out great local sites such the Santa Barbara Zoo, the city’s waterfront, the Channel Islands in coastal Santa Barbara? Now is your chance.
Contact: Jocilyn Schumacher
Huntsville is hosting a series of virtual events during the COVID-19 crisis that offer travel planners a way to learn more about different places across the city.
Contact: Pam Williams
There is a lot to discover in Winnipeg, and you can check out some of the top attractions through a series of videos focusing on experiences available only in Manitoba’s capital city.
Contact: Sarah Robinson
MAMMOTH LAKES TOURISM
Mammoth Lakes, CA
The Mammoth Lakes area of California is a nature-lover’s paradise. The local tourism board has developed four 360° videos that showcase winter, spring, summer, and year-round activities available in the area.
Contact: Michael Vanderhurst
Atlantic City, NJ
Meet AC has put together a range of virtual tours that feature everything from the coastal New Jersey city’s legendary Boardwalk and picturesque marina to its renowned resorts and local entertainment venues.
Contact: Heather Colache
The Nashville CVB has compiled a list showing digital resources for many attractions, including NTA members Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Grand Ole Opry, Belle Meade, Gaylord Opryland Resort, and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. There also is a list of virtual events and experiences on the page.
Contact: LouAnna Henton
Lafayette is home to a number of truly authentic Cajun and Acadian experiences, including tours on open-air boats into some of Louisiana top swamps.
Contact: Kaylie LeBlanc
LOS ANGELES TOURISM & CONVENTION BOARD
Los Angeles, CA
From its renowned museums and theaters to its Hollywood roots and beach culture, Los Angeles is an iconic destination. The city’s tourism board has put together a batch of great explore-at-home options showcasing the best of LA.
Contact: Tami Martelli
You can explore Manitoba from home through this content hub that features a collection of inspiration and experiences available in the fascinating, vast province.
Contact: Michel Lariviere
EUGENE, CASCADES & COAST
Oregon’s Cascades Coast and the city of Eugene are home to myriad activities, many of which include outdoor adventure. Take a look at some of the options on virtual tours at the DMO’s YouTube channel.
Contact: Meg Trendler
Explore Fairbanks has developed a group of 360 virtual tours that highlight some of the Alaska city’s signature experiences. Three of the tours posted to date are Explore the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights, Experience the Thrill of Dog Mushing, and Float Down the Chena River.
Contact: Scott McCrea
Saint Paul, MN
From checking out the state’s natural beauty to exploring a historical mansion in Duluth and a spring flower show in Saint Paul, there are a range of options and virtual tours awaiting viewers. The Explore Minnesota page also includes animal cams, cooking demonstrations, and a playlist featuring local artists.
Contact: Millie Philipp
CARBON COUNTY VISITORS COUNCIL
Located high on the Continental Divide in south-central Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest, Carbon County is a paradise for outdoor lovers. You can check out some of the local hot spots through the Visitors Council’s videos and virtual tours.
Contact: Leslie Jefferson
CHATTANOOGA TOURISM COMPANY
The Chattanooga Tourism Company has compiled a variety of virtual experiences, ranging from tours at Ruby Falls and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to live streams from the Chattanooga Zoo and the Tennessee Aquarium.
Contact: Shelda Rees
Experience Columbus has put together information on virtual and web-based local experiences that showcase top attractions, and the thriving arts and music scenes in Ohio’s capital city.
Contact: Roger Dudley
SEATTLE SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL TOURISM AUTHORITY
You don’t have to leave your home to explore some of the best attractions in the greater Seattle area. From interior and exterior tours of the planes at The Museum of Flight, to the glass floors of the Space Needle, here are virtual tours of top local spots.
Contact: Meagan McGuire
GREATER PALM SPRINGS CVB
Rancho Mirage, CA
In addition to taking a virtual look at some of the Palm Springs area’s top attractions, viewers can check out a wide range of at-home activities for students, ranging from daily live storytime and dance classes to Zoo School.
Contact: Lori Gomer
KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
Ready to take a deep-dive into the Bluegrass State’s rich culture? You can see videos that focus on different aspects of local culture from horse racing/breeding and music to food and spirits. The six-part On the Rocks series shows how to make six bourbon-infused cocktails.
Contact: Megan Greenwell
In addition to housing information on virtual tours of top attractions—including History Colorado, an NTA member—the page has updates on performing arts programming and even a Pandemic Playlist featuring sets from local DJs.
Contact: Jenna VanOort
The list of things to do in Memphis is a lengthy one. The renowned Tennessee city can be explored via virtual tours of area attractions, live-streaming music events, and educational and culinary workshops.
Contact: Colleen Palmertree
Reno Tahoe’s blend of big-city amenities and natural beauty are highlighted through a virtual tour of the area and the CVB’s enticing tips, lists and stories about top local experiences.
Contact: Tammie Anstedt Baker
You can keep up with what’s going on in New Brunswick capital city through the Fredericton Tourism blog. Recent posts include one that has links to online tours of area arts attractions and galleries.
Contact: Mary Ellen Hudson
VISIT ST. PETE/CLEARWATER
The DMO has created a series of virtual Fam Tours recalling a more idyllic time in the St. Pete/Clearwater area. The installments include “Sunrise to Sunset,” “Downtown & Dali,” “Throwback Florida,” “All in the Family,” and “Clearwater and Company.”
Contact: Darryl Boggess
MARYLAND OFFICE OF TOURISM
The Maryland Office of Tourism has compiled a range of virtual experiences that showcase the states immense diversity. You can check out offerings from top museums, nature centers, arts galleries, and more.
Contact: Rich Gilbert
Information on the First State is organized into five categories—Historical Gems, the Great Outdoors, Pristine Beaches, Bold Flavors, and Tax-free Shopping—with each one containing details on the best of Delaware.
Contact: Tina Madanat
Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley features wide open spaces, nature around every corner, mountains, glaciers, rivers and wildlife. Videos allow you to enjoy flightseeing around Denali, walking on Matanuska Glacier, going mountain biking, and checking out the local birding scene.
Contact: Casey Ressler
SAN DIEGO TOURISM AUTHORITY
San Diego, CA
Whether you’re looking for an educational activity or inspiration for warmer days ahead, these virtual San Diego experiences are sure to delight your senses, no matter where you’re watching.
Contact: Sheri Crusberg
In addition to taking a virtual look at Canada’s capital through this 360 city overview tour, you can discover a number of other online tours, exhibitions, activities, and performances through Ottawa Tourism’s website.
Contact: Kelly Dean
Visit Phoenix is bringing you the best digital and virtual experiences—from museums and art galleries to musical performances and online events—across the metropolitan area that surrounds Arizona’s capital city.
Contact: George Herrera
NEW ORLEANS & COMPANY
New Orleans, LA
Ride a streetcar down picturesque St. Charles Avenue, learn how to make New Orleans bread pudding in a cooking class, and venture out on a swamp tour, all from the comfort of your home through virtual tours of some of the city’s most sought after attractions.
Contact: Thu Tran
Virtual tours of Omaha’s most notable attractions—the Joslyn Art Museum, the Mormon Trail Center, the Omaha Zoo, and others—cover Nebraska’s largest city.
Contact: Jessica Weishahn
There are a lot of virtual options in Dallas, especially related to the city’s thriving arts scene. This page includes tours available at local museums, updates on dance/music/theater offerings, and information on virtual learning options.
Contact: José Iturregui
FLORIDA KEYS & KEY WEST
Key West, FL
Ready to see what is happening in the Florida Keys, which are the epitome of a tropical paradise with white-sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets? In addition to this virtual tour, other updates are available at facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest.
Contact: Jack Meier Jr.
GO LAKE HAVASU
Lake Havasu City, AZ
One of Arizona’s top tourist attractions is the London Bridge, relocated to the shores of the Colorado River in Lake Havasu in the early 1970s. Take a virtual tour of the famous bridge, as well as the English Village and the Lake Havasu City Visitor Center.
Contact: Jason Castellucci
A number of Louisville’s top attractions—such as the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Speed Art Museum, and the Frazier History Museum—give you a digital look at what you can experience when you are able to visit in person.
Contact: Saundra Robertson
VIRGINIA BEACH CVB
Virginia Beach, VA
As the waves continue rolling in on the sunny Virginia Beach shores, the CVB continues rolling out more virtual tours of local attractions, such as the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Francis Land House, and the Thoroughgood House.
Contact: Jim Coggin
MONTEREY COUNTY CVB
This iconic coastal California destination can be explored from home in a number of ways. Local experiences include virtually touring the National Steinbeck Center, a simulated golf game at Pebble Beach, culinary tours, and painting sessions with area artists.
Contact: Marissa Reader
NYC & COMPANY
New York City, NY
There are plenty of ways to explore the New York City’s five boroughs. NYC & Company has compiled online resources from dozens of museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters, and other venues, which you can explore to experience the best of New York City virtually.
Contact: John Marshall
VISIT MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD
You can explore Montgomery County, Maryland, in the comfort of your home thanks to the DMOs’ variety of virtual events, tours and educational activities featuring popular local attractions.
Contact: Lee Callicutt
VISIT SAN ANTONIO
San Antonio, TX
Just because you’re at home, doesn’t mean you can’t experience San Antonio, albeit online, through a series of virtual tours, educational resources, DIY demonstrations, and more.
Contact: Alex Gonzales
History is Fun at Home offers access to some of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s most enriched content that shares insight to stories of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia and connects online viewers with our museums’ curators, historical interpreters and educators.
Contact: Tracy Perkins
CELEBRATION RIVER CRUISES
A virtual tour of Celebration River Cruise’s Captain’s Narrated Lunch Cruise on board the Celebration Belle. The excursion goes along the Mighty Mississippi River.
Contact: Susan Yarolem
San Simeon, CA
Virtual and educational tours offerings One of America’s most famous historical homes, Hearst Castle, was opened to the public in 1958. Virtual tours of some the coastal California icon offer a look at some of its signature spaces.
Contact: Jim Allen
MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
Want to get the view from the cockpit of one of the Museum of Flight’s historical aircraft? Access the cockpits and interiors of the attraction’s aircraft at your leisure on 3D self-guided virtual tours.
Contact: Bethany Carillo
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon, VA
Check out the mansion where the first U.S. president and his family live. There is a detailed virtual tour that offers a look at many rooms in the mansion, as well as the gardens, grist mill, and distillery. The attraction also is offering live themed broadcasts Monday through Friday at noon (ET).
Contact: Rebecca Aloisi
THE STRONG NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PLAY
This collections-based museum is devoted to the history and exploration of play. You can tour the Strong’s comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.
Contact: Karen Dodson
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
Simi Valley, CA
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, is, at its heart, a museum dedicated to the life and times of Ronald Reagan, who was the 40th U.S. president.
Contact: Melanie Salvesen Jackson
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
This world-renowned art museum has developed a series of educational resources that are sortable by curricular area (arts/language, science, math, and social studies).
Contact: Shari Feldman
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE CENTER
While in-person tours highlighting the Windy City are hold, Zoom sessions feature docents cover the same themes and buildings. The center also has a variety of hands-on activities and resources available for educators.
Contact: Deb Rodak
HERMITAGE: HOME OF PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON
Video tour options include ones featuring the mansion and historical gardens, and the attraction’s Virtual Visits go live every Tuesday and new History from Home videos are posted every Thursday. Members of the education team are providing web conferences and lessons on Jacksonian America (email for more details).
Contact: Tina Goodrow
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
The aquarium along historical Cannery Row has put together a group of grade-specific guided activities to help educators, parents, and caregivers with home-based education. The attraction also has live feeds such as the Shark Cam and the Penguin Cam.
Contact: Krista Rupp
HILLWOOD ESTATE MUSEUM & GARDENS
You can continue to enjoy Hillwood through its comprehensive digital offerings, ranging from tours of collections and the gardens and gardening workshops to an immersive mobile app and daily social media content.
Contact: Joey Hreha
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE
You can join the museum’s John Swettenham on a walk through the historical facility. The attraction’s YouTube channel also includes videos that cover topical themes, specific exhibits, and research projects.
Contact: Lorna Sierolawski
PANHANDLE-PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
This attraction, located on the West Texas A&M campus, is Texas’ largest history museum. It has an online resource hub that includes the Adventures in Education Guide, details on educational programs, lesson plans, and other materials.
Contact: Stephanie Price
NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
The museum’s education department is offering free Virtual Field Trips, Curator Spotlights, and Voices of the Game programs through live online events. Also available is downloadable educational curriculum covering 15 different topics.
Contact: June Dolhun
AQUARIUM OF THE BAY
San Francisco, CA
Check out what is going on at the Aquarium of the Bay in the heart of San Francisco’s PIER 39. The attraction has virtual tours and programs, as well as a list of resources for teachers and educators.
Contact: Paul Nakamoto
Plimoth Plantation is keeping the information flowing through programs such as History @ Home live virtual visits with Plimoth educators to our Interwoven podcast series.
Contact: Janet Young
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
Chantilly, VA and Washington, DC
This Smithsonian attraction includes two museums, one on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and the other, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in nearby Chantilly, Virginia. Myriad online resources for teachers on topics such as engineering, flight, and planetary, physical and life sciences are available.
Contact: Holly Williamson
RICHARD NIXON FOUNDATION
Yorba Linda, CA
You can go through the Southern California museum and library’s various spaces and exhibits as part the of a series of virtual experiences. Beyond the main tour, other themed options, such as one showcasing the gardens and one featuring the Nixon birthplace, have recently been added.
Contact: Dr. Jane Zhang
THE HENRY FORD
Staff experts present daily lessons, activities and content built around The Henry Ford’s collection themes of: Mobility, Design & Making, Social Transformation, Agriculture & the Environment, Communications & Information Technology, and Power & Energy.
Contact: Vickie Evans
CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS
Take a look at this glassy attraction’s list of 10 Ways to Digitally Experience Glass. Two of the top options are taking a virtual tour of the galleries and watching the group of glassmaking videos on CMOG’s YouTube channel.
Contact: Melissa Rose
This video gives a brief overview of one of the most historical attractions in North America, Biltmore Estate, which is located in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Contact: Leslie Brewer
CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER
The center’s WonderZone series of how-to videos is a great resource for students, teachers, and parents. Each video features an at-home experiment through which viewers can learn more about science concepts such as nanotechnology and aerodynamics.
Contact: Kathleen Bodenlos
JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
The facility, which is dedicated to the 35th U.S. president, covers classroom needs for teachers and students through its range of innovative lesson plans and online exhibits featuring archival materials.
Contact: Ian Shepherd
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
The attraction has developed Words & Music at Home, an online extension of its flagship music education program, Words & Music. By using the resources on this page, you can learn how to write your own original song lyrics and get tips on putting those ideas to music.
Contact: Dana Romanello
WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE
San Jose, CA
Unprecedented access to the world’s most bizarre mansion is available through the all-new Winchester Mystery House Immersive 360 Tour. While there is an $8.99 fee, viewers get two great add-ons as the virtual tour includes access to areas of the mansion they couldn’t see during an in-person visit and the cost covers one free admission to the attraction once it reopens.
Contact: Nathan Emmett
U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
A plethora of resources, including virtual tours and educational activities, are available through the U.S. National Parks Service that allow people to stay connected to park sites during COVID-19.
Contact: Donald Leadbetter
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER
As students, teachers, and parents shift to remote learning, the National Constitution Center is offering a plethora of remote learning opportunities including live interactive courses, private scholar chats, and classroom exchanges.
Contact: Gina Romanelli
San Diego, CA
Enjoy a unique and exclusive virtual opportunity to explore America’s favorite aircraft carrier museum’s most popular spaces and exhibits. Listen to the award-winning audio tour of the USS Midway, view a naval aircraft gallery, and read amazing historical accounts from crew members.
Contact: Joe Wagstaff
THE MOB MUSEUM
Las Vegas, NV
Get an insider’s look at one of Las Vegas’ mores notorius attractions, The Mob Museum. Additional virtual tours of the attraction are available at facebook.com/themobmuseum.
Contact: Sabine von Henning
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
New York City, NY
In addition to tours of its different galleries, New York City’s American Museum of Natural History’s home page also lists educational resources for teachers and information on e-learning events.
Contact: Beth Wildstein
HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
As part of its Hagley From Home initiative, the museum allows viewers to check out 360-degree virtual tours, behind-the-scenes videos with their Hagley Historian, virtual science lessons and experiments, and video field trips.
Contact: Bonnie Wirth
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY
High-def, interactive videos take you through the iconic museum’s History Hall Hub, Gallery 1 (Early Canada), Gallery 2 (Colonial Canada), and Gallery 3 (Modern Canada). The Museum at Home page lists a variety of educational resources.
Contact: Stephanie Fortin
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
On the attraction’s resource center page, you can see educational tools for students and teachers, grade level- and exhibit-specific activities, virtual scavenger hunts, and details on live distance-learning sessions.
Contact: Kathy Parrish
AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM
Join American Writers Museum President Carey Cranston on a narrated walk through of the downtown Chicago museum. You can also check out the attraction’s website, which has student activities and resources for teachers and parents.
Contact: Karie McGahan
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Luray Caverns includes spectacular rock formations and chambers. The 360-degree virtual tour covers three areas of the natural wonder: Saracen’s Tent, Totem Poles, and Giant’s Hall.
Contact: John Shaffer
US GHOST TOUR ADVENTURES
US Ghost Adventures offers tours in 23 U.S. cities, and you can see highlights from it walks in Chicago, Denver, Miami, Boston, and others.
Contact: Josef Kruger
FREE SPIRIT VACATIONS
Take a look at Free Spirit Vacation’s Sierra Nevada tour, which takes travelers to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Reno and Carson City. Videos of the company’s other itineraries also are available.
Contact: Katie Tobkin
San Juan, Puerto Rico
ViVamonos is a virtual educational platform created and founded by Puerto Rico-specialist Vámonos Tours. The site includes ViChats and ViWorkshops which help travel planners learn more about the diverse cultures of destinations featured on its tours.
Contact: Jorge Pardo
A CLOSER LOOK TOURS
A Closer Look Tours specializes in itineraries that showcase many sides of Mexico’s rich history and culture. The tour operator specializes in the Copper Canyon, and you can take a virtual look at the iconic destination in the mountains of western Mexico.
Contact: Colin Caparros
Innovative Travel is a specialist in tours of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Take a look at some of the treasures that await at the Temple of Luxor, a featured destination on many of the company’s Egypt itineraries.
Contact: Robyn Galloway
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