Travel and mingling around others have ground to a halt as the COVID-19 virus spreads across the world. Until the medical communities and governments decide when borders can reopen, most people are adhering to the “stay at home” and “sheltering in” orders that permeate society. Avid travelers are using their images to recall amazing adventures and also researching destinations for upcoming journeys. All are awaiting the day when airlines, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, and destinations will entice people to resume their love of travel.
In the meantime, websites throughout the world are creating virtual opportunities to explore their venues. Denver is just one example. With an online resource called #VirtuallyDenver, it is possible to visit Denver attractions from the comfort of your home without stepping outside. For a complete list, check out the VisitDenver blog and Denver Virtual & Online website page.
These web pages offer numerous suggestions. After reading through the list, I’m showcasing a few.
Do you have any interest in learning about law enforcement for the skies or amazing facts about aviation? Check out this series of 48 short videos posted on the Behind the Wings Video Series YouTube site. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum’s “Behind the Wings” video series
History lovers can visit the History of Colorado Museum’s most significant artifacts pages. Did you know that passengers paid $6.50 to take a two-day 74-mile journey in an early 19th-century stagecoach in northwest Colorado? That is just one fact found at Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts from History Colorado Center
Virtual field trips are made possible by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Watch recordings of broadcasts showing how scientists work in the field. Scientists in Action
The Denver Botanic Gardens Navigator page offers virtual tours created by staff members. Denver Botanic Gardens Virtual Tour Page People living in arid communities may be interested in the drought-tolerant plants while those wanting to learn more about medicinal plants may learn more about lavender and peppermint.
If animals rank high on your list, take a Virtual Safari at the Denver Zoo site. Zoo to You: Virtual Safari
Art & Music
Denver Film has partnered with distributors to bring theatrical releases of films that were set to open at theatres during the Sheltering In mandate. Denver Film will “open” these films every Friday during the Sheltering In mandate and provide the links to purchase a pass to a film. Through this approach, they plan to bring the best in arthouse, independent, world and classic films to the community. At the Movies
Denver has been the setting for a host of movies and TV shows. Another way to enjoy what Denver has to offer is to watch one of these flicks. Here’s a list of movies and TV shows filmed in Denver.
According to Westword, Denver has more than 100 street art creations. Map out your next tour of Denver’s colorful street art by visiting Denver Street Art.
Visit the Denver Brass website, Colorado’s Premier Brass Ensemble, to listen to their collection of short musical videos. The videos were recorded during live performances.
Sit back and relax while watching YouTube videos from some of Red Rocks best concerts.
Denver Post subscribers can watch a new video series called The Colorado Plate, highlighting local food.
Links to Denver area Virtual Concerts are available on the 303magazine.com site.
The Colorado Symphony Virtual Music Hour page offers videos as well as informative activities enhancing music appreciation.
A Museum of Outdoor Arts virtual experience can be appreciated on the MOA site.
Google created 360-degree views of some of Denver’s finest attractions. Gain access at this Denver Post Link.
Are you considering a future trip to the Mile High City? I hope so. Watch these VisitDenver videos
Within no time, you’ll be able to plan a memorable vacation.
Did I forget to mention your favorite virtual Denver site? If so, please share.
When Sandy isn’t trekking or writing in the Colorado Rockies, she is traveling. She has visited more than 40 countries and lived as an international teacher in Bangalore, India. Sandy shares her lifestyle and travel experiences with international and domestic online sites and print media.
Her stories have appeared in Hemispheres, Destinations Magazine, KUHL’s Born in the Mountain blog, Grand Magazine, Wandering Educators, Golden Living, One Travel, Miles Away, Canadian Jewish News, Getting On Travel, Far and Wide, Colorado Parent, Traveler Confidential, Family Circle- Momster, and others.
Sandy’s award-winning book, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, is a resource for people contemplating an expat lifestyle and living outside their comfort zone. To learn more about Sandy’s travel adventures, visit https://thetravelingbornsteins.com/