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Need to cancel that dream trip with the kids to America due to the coronavirus travel ban? Here are some creative ways to bring the US to our kids with a virtual trip to the USA without leaving your home.

Are your kids a little under-stimulated at home without your usual ‘outings’ – park, libraries, beach, astronomy centres, art galleries, zoo, fairs, shows, kids parties and weekend attractions, to head out to? USA travel experts Brand USA are taking us on a virtual trip to the USA and has provided some educational and fun virtual excursions to some of the best places in the US.

America is the home of…. Outer Space Exploration!

  • Space exploration is the use of astronomy and space technology to explore outer space.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Read about the history of NASA here.
  • The early era of space exploration was driven by a “Space Race” between the Soviet Union and the United States. The launch of the first human-made object to orbit Earth, the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957, and the first Moon landing by the American Apollo 11 mission on 20 July 1969 are the big landmarks in space exploration.
  • You can explore NASA’s Space Center in Houston with this Spacecenter App.
    • Space Center Houston now offers a new free app for an interactive mobile experience. It’s available now and features self-guided virtual tours, augmented reality, videos and audio stories about the future and historic feats in human space exploration. To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play.
  • Want a lesson from a real astronaut in outer space? NASA’s STEMonstrations are STEM demonstrations on the space station. Click on these videos to get demonstrations from astronauts from their space stations! https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations

America is the home of… Amazing Animals and Sealife!

Zoos & Aquariums – it will be like you’re there, with all these up close and personal webcams

America is the home of….Awesome, Giant Museums full of interesting things!

  • According to a government statement, there are more than 35,000 museums in the USA! There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums. There are more American museums than Starbucks Coffee spots.
  • Tour famous Smithsonian museums – A famous Museum chain in America is the ‘Smithsonian’ museums. The Smithsonian museums are part of the Smithsonian Institution which belongs to the United States government. The Smithsonian Institution was created after the death of Englishman James Smithson in 1829 – he left his entire estate to the United States government for the “increase and diffusion of knowledge”. Today it’s the world’s largest museum and research complex. In 2018, the most visited Smithsonian museums were the National Museum of Natural Historyand the National Air and Space Museum.
  • Nothing quite compares with the feeling of standing in front of an artistic masterpiece or a towering Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, but virtual exhibitionsand museum tours are about as close as you can get to recreating the experience. Science lovers can survey the National Museum of Natural History’s permanentcurrent and past exhibitions, including the Butterfly Pavilion, the Deep Time Hall of Fossils and the Hall of Human Origins.
  • Other options great for kids range from founder James Smithson’s Smithsonian Castle cryptto the  the Smithsonian Marine Station Wet Laboratory and explore vivid art in the Smithsonian Latino Center’s “C. Latino Street Murals,” and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
  • Thanks to Smithsonian Open Access, anyone with an internet connection can not only browse, but “use, transform and distribute” some 8 million high-resolution images from the collections without restrictions. Among the artifacts highlighted on the Open Access portal are Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B plane, a portrait of Pocahontas, a chunk of Smithsonite and the Apollo 11 command module.

America is the home of…. National Parks

Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with five national parks in the U.S. so people can enjoy the beauty of the natural world while sitting safely on their couch. These parks feature different climates and environments from across the country, including famous desert vistas and snowy terrains. Check out these famous parks in America to get you started:

  • Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Check out Brand USA’s awesome Trip Planner – this can help you create the perfect itinerary for your next holiday; ready for when the time comes to book! 

For further USA inspiration, download the free Go USA TV app to access a wide range of video content across food, culture, and the great outdoors.

What would be your favourite place to visit on a virtual trip to the USA? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Fantastic idea – the children can pick where they want to go and what they want to see. Thanks so much for your post – many headaches now solved.

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  • Great list of items. I’ll let the kids decide which is there fav

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  • Great idea for the kids

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  • I love this. My kids are obsessed with Bath bombs and I love that they can make their own. Looks like I’ll be shopping for some silicon moulds now.


    • Whoops – I posted this on the wrong page. Meant to say on this one – thanks for sharing. I’ll be showing this to the kids and we’ll “take a trip” on Friday night

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  • What a great idea and educational tool for kids at home. I’m not sure… perhaps start with Nashville.

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  • There are so many informative ideas to connect to the outside world while we’re in lock down. The internet is awash with places to explore.

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  • Nice idea !

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  • So many interesting places, thank you.

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  • What wonderful sites to see virtually. I don’t travel anymore but if I did I’d love to see Niagara Falls.

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  • This is great.

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  • Thx for sharing

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  • Anywhere would be fantastic

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  • What great ideas!!

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  • So nice. I would first try the national parks. I would love to visit Disneyland!

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  • what a great idea, I am looking forward to checking out some of your links. Thank you so much for the article


    • I am loving all the links and positive experience that are coming out at this time.

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