This night to day tour will help you see the stars like you've never seen them before.

By Stacey Leasca
Updated July 11, 2020
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If you’re feeling a little cooped up right now that’s okay — we are too. However, it’s important to remember you’re staying inside, social distancing, and limiting your in-person travels all for the betterment of your family, friends, and the entire world around you. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t “travel” and see the world right from inside your house.

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Right now, destinations, museums, and cultural centers are doing their best to bring a little piece of virtual magic so everyone can stay safe — and entertained — while quarantining at home. And that includes truly stellar virtual tours of some of America’s best natural spaces thanks to the National Parks system.

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Already, we’ve shared with you tours of Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, as well as the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. And now, it’s time for you to virtually explore Bryce Canyon in Utah, too.

“The American Southwest is known for its red rock formations,” the tour begins. “But this towering stone jungle sets itself apart from the rest.”

Park ranger Kevin Poe takes guests on a “journey that spans day and night.”

“Defining this place isn’t an easy task because there’s no other place like it,” Poe says in the tour. “Bryce is home to earth’s largest collection of rock pillars known as hoodoos. It’s one of the fastest-changing landscapes on the planet.”

He adds, the night sky at Bryce is darker than almost any other night sky in America, which makes it a prime place to go stargazing with Poe. In fact, the first stop in the virtual tour is Bryce Canyon at night.

“Two-thirds of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way,” Poe explains as the virtual tour beams up into the gorgeous night sky. “But here, it stretches from horizon to horizon, almost like a glittering rainbow.”

While looking up, virtual guests can click and learn about the constellations that hover over the park and get in-depth explanations from Poe.

But, for those looking to explore more of the park in daylight that’s available too, including a gorgeous view of the park just as the sun sets below the rocks. Check out the entire tour, and all of the National Parks’ virtual offerings, here.