See the Best City Views Virtually from the Comfort of Your Home
There’s nothing quite like experiencing breathtaking views of beautiful cities from atop towers or scenic cruises, but for now we’ll have to visit virtually. While some of our favorite attractions take a pause, the panoramic views remain. We’ve rounded up some of the best views, tours and activities from NYC to Seattle and places in between to keep you entertained from the comfort of your own home.
360 CHICAGO (Chicago)
This observation deck is located 1000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building of Chicago. It offers breathtaking 360 degrees views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. You can experience TILT Live on Facebook to see what it’s like to lean out over the city from a glass platform. 360 Chicago wants to see your views, too; share your home view and see views from around the world with the hashtag #MyViralView.
The Willis Tower stands tall with both antennas lit up in a message of hope in the Chicago skyline. Follow updates on Skydeck’s social accounts.
Reunion Tower Geo-Deck (Dallas)
Download the virtual reality app to experience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Dallas and high-definition zoom cameras. Check out the skyline with the EarthCam or try on an Instagram story filter featuring The Ball. See the Visit Me Virtually page for all the good stuff.
Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver)
Take a virtual stroll through the gardens and learn about individual plants.
Space Center Houston (Houston)
The free Space Center Houston interactive mobile tour features audio tour, GPS maps, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, virtual reality lite and more.
Empire State Building (New York)
An icon of the New York skyline, the Empire State Building’s tower lights have maintained a tradition of changing color to recognize various occasions and organizations since 1976 . Tune into the Tower Lights shows on YouTube. Follow ESB on Instagram for entertaining stories and games.
Top of the Rock (New York)While it can’t welcome visitors in person, Rock Center is sharing tons of fun on their Facebook page. You’ll find art activities, virtual happy hours, yoga, family-friendly demos and workshops, sing-and-dance-alongs for kids, puppet shows, and more.
Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum (New York)Visit Intrepid’s website for a variety of compelling content, from oral histories and virtual tours to resources that serve educators, parents and students, and follow them on Facebook to keep up with their active and informative schedule.
Edge at Hudson Yards (New York)
With its recent opening in early March, Edge had just a few days to share its one-of-a-kind views of NYC from thrilling glass floors 100 stories up in the sky before they had to temporarily close. This new attraction is definitely one to not miss on your next trip to New York City!
One Liberty Observation Deck (Philadelphia)
While One Liberty is temporarily closed, they want to see your views; share your home view and see views from around the world with the hashtag #MyViralView.
Battleship New Jersey (Philadelphia)
Take a virtual tour of Battleship New Jersey on YouTube.
Space Needle (Seattle)
The views never stop. See Seattle as it is right now, and marvel at the 360° panorama from the top of the Space Needle.
Argosy Cruises (Seattle)
Take a virtual tour every Tuesday and Thursday on Instagram and Facebook Stories, including Harbor Locks Tillicum and a Saturday Wine Cruise.
CN Tower (Toronto)
See live views of Toronto with webcams located on the tower roof. Stay connected on social media for engineering experiments and building challenges.