Experience Virtual Travel from Yosemite to Amsterdam with These Livestreams



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As more cities around the world feel the effects of the coronavirus and government shutdowns, virtual travel is becoming more of a necessity. Cities and hotels around the world are opening up webcams, so you can tap into life far, far away from your own home. These live streams let you see Hawaii’s oceans, Croatia’s islands, Tokyo’s streets, and Kenya’s highlands (among others) in real time, making it even easier to picture yourself in far-off places. So grab a plate of your favorite food, snuggle up in your comfiest chair, and get ready to virtually visit some seriously beautiful destinations.

Sydney, Australia

Easily one of the higher-quality videos on this list, Webcam Sydney provides a gorgeous livestream of the Sydney Harbour. You can easily spot the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, and The Rocks in the panoramic shot; make sure to sneak a peak when the sun goes down (which is about when the sun comes up in the U.S.) to see the harbor’s glittering nighttime lights.

Watch the livestream here.

Northern Lights, Canada

Trying to spot the elusive Northern Lights usually involves camping out in the cold in the middle of the night, desperately hoping for perfect weather and conditions (and even then it still might not happen). This Northern Lights webcam in Manitoba, Canada, makes the process much easier, letting us watch the night sky from the warmth of our homes. If the idea of waiting for a spark of light on your computer screen is still too much effort, the site also shows a highlights reel and lets viewers post screenshots of their findings.

Watch the livestream here.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Possibly the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain is a Baroque masterpiece depicting Neptune atop a chariot pulled by sea horses. The Roman landmark is typically surrounded by masses of tourists, but currently sits quiet thanks to Italy’s nationwide lockdown. The resulting livestream really shows off the fountain’s design—and it’s strangely relaxing, too.

Watch the livestream here.

Yosemite Falls, California



a body of water with a mountain in the background: Yosemite Falls is on display, thanks to a live webcam.


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Yosemite Falls is on display, thanks to a live webcam.


The Yosemite webcam is one of our favorites. It streams the 2,424-foot-tall waterfall’s top section, Upper Yosemite Falls, in its scenic, roaring glory. The peak flow occurs in early summer as the snow starts to melt, but it’s looking pretty awesome right now.

Watch the livestream here.

Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda

Sailboats, yachts, sunsets: What more could you want while stuck at home? This webcam gives viewers an all-encompassing look into the waterfront life of Bermuda’s historic Royal Naval Dockyard, which is still used to house cruise ships, museums, and artsy shops.

Watch the livestream here.

RELATED: World’s top tourist destinations are empty

Slide 1 of 29: When it comes to visiting the world's top tourist destinations, we've grown accustomed to bumping elbows with fellow travelers and fighting for the best photo-taking spots. But due to the spread of the coronavirus and subsequent government lockdowns, most major cities and landmarks have become completely deserted, giving the world a post-apocalyptic appearance that's equal parts eerie and strangely refreshing (it's always nice to see people following the rules). Car-free highways in Malaysia, Times Square devoid of people, churches and stadiums with empty seats: It's hard to imagine, so we've rounded up the most striking photos of suddenly tourist-free spots around the world.
Slide 2 of 29: New York City officials asked all residents (except for essential workers) to stay home starting on March 22, leaving iconic landmarks like Times Square nearly empty. The desertion feels even more stark when you consider that pre-lockdown, approximately 380,000 pedestrians passed through the heart of Times Square every day.
Slide 3 of 29: Italy was one of the first countries to enter a total lockdown. Since then, some churches have remained open for individual prayer, but all public Masses are forbidden—in person, at least. Many services are available to worshippers via live streaming, like the one led by a parish priest in Rome's Santa Maria church (pictured).
Slide 4 of 29: The Vatican has followed the lockdown policies of Italy, shutting down entry to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Square—sites which usually teem with tourists. As for Holy Week celebrations (which kick off on April 3), the Vatican has announced that liturgies and the Mass of the Lord's Supper will still be celebrated in parish churches, even without worshippers present. (Celebration times will be announced so people can pray at home at the same time.)

Slide 5 of 29: Many of Paris's biggest sites have closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, including the Louvre and Versailles Palace. The most impactful closure has been the shutdown of the Eiffel Tower—the most visited paid monument in the world.
Slide 6 of 29: More than 20,000 tiles decorate São Bento Station in Porto, which sits nearly empty after a state of emergency was declared across Portugal on March 18. Many other transit hubs, museums, and schools have closed due to the pandemic, and people were advised to stay home until early April—for now.
Slide 7 of 29: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has received a lot of criticism for downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19, but Rio de Janeiro governor Wilson Witzel still declared a state of emergency on March 17. The city's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is closed to visitors, and typically crowded beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema (pictured) sit deserted.
Slide 8 of 29: Malaysia is experiencing a partial lockdown (as well as a ban on travel in and out of the country), which was announced on March 16 and will last until the end of the month. Kuala Lumpur—one of the most-visited cities in 2019—currently has empty streets and highways as residents practice self-quarantine.
Slide 9 of 29: An eerie emptiness enveloped the sacred Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque (Islam's holiest site) on March 6, where attendance at Friday prayers was hit by measures to protect against the coronavirus. In addition to closing mosques, Saudi Arabia has also shut down schools and stopped international flights.

Slide 10 of 29: Jeanine Áñez, Bolivia’s interim president, instituted a 14-day "total quarantine" starting on March 22, stating that the nation's citizens should be home 24 hours a day and that only one person per family can leave at one time. Before the lockdown took effect, two of Bolivia's professional soccer clubs (Bolivar and Wilstermann) played a match in La Paz to a completely empty stadium.
Slide 11 of 29: A woman wears a protective mask while walking across an empty street on March 9 in Beijing, where virus-related measures include the closure of tourist attractions, social distancing in restaurants, and stores operating on reduced hours. China was the first country to go into lockdown (specifically in Wuhan)—a lockdown which may be ending soon.
Slide 12 of 29: A view shows deserted ghat (steps leading down to water) on the banks of the Ganges River during a one-day nationwide curfew on March 22. It's rare to see Varanasi this quiet, as tourists and pilgrims typically flock to the sacred Hindu city in droves.
Slide 13 of 29: The Las Vegas Strip near Caesars Palace shows light vehicle and pedestrian traffic after Nevada's governor announced a statewide closure of non-essential businesses (including casinos) on March 17. Juliana Shallcross reports: “McCarran International Airport is operating normally, although some stores and restaurants within the airport are closed, and flight schedules are in flux as airlines cope with the pandemic. Bus service on the Strip is also being reduced by 50 percent.”
Slide 14 of 29: The Lincoln Memorial stands empty on after D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser announced the closure of all non-essential businesses, banned gatherings of more than 10 people, and stopped all tour services across the city. The order goes into effect at 10 p.m. on March 25 and will last through April 24.

Slide 15 of 29: An aerial view shows a deserted Road 905 in Key Largo, one of only two routes that motorists can take from the Florida mainland to the Florida Keys. The islands shut their doors to visitors this week, closing hotels and Airbnbs to tourists and banning watersport rentals to promote social distancing.
Slide 16 of 29: The Bean sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park was roped off from visitors on March 21—the same date that a stay-at-home order went into affect for the state of Illinois. Chicago had already cancelled its famous St. Patrick's Day parade a few days earlier.
Slide 17 of 29: Light traffic moves along the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour in San Francisco on Friday, March 20. San Francisco was the first major U.S. city to issue a shelter-in-place order (March 16); three days later, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a similar order for the entire state.
Slide 18 of 29: The canals and streets of Venice have an almost surreal appearance amid Italy's lockdown, with the usual hoards of tourists sent home and residents self-isolating at home. Photos of the city's clean waterways have gone viral, with people being able to see the bottoms of the canals for the first time in memory (just don't believe those dolphin rumors).
Slide 19 of 29: La Sagrada Familia, a site which receives more than 3 million visitors every year, closed to the public and suspended construction starting on March 13—the day before all of Spain went into lockdown. Barcelona has managed to instill a new hope-filled tradition into the darkness, however: Residents standing on their balconies at 8 p.m. sharp, applauding and cheering on the city's healthcare workers.
Slide 20 of 29: All visitors have cleared out of Lima's Plaza de Armas (Main Square), a major gathering site that includes the Presidential Palace and Cathedral of Lima. Peru's President Martín Vizcarra announced a state of emergency on March 17, along with a two-week quarantine for residents and a closure of the country's borders.
Slide 21 of 29: A shopping street in Sri Lanka's largest city has been deserted due to a nationwide curfew, announced by the government this past week. The South Asian country has also banned all incoming flights until the end of March.
Slide 22 of 29: Most of Milan has been shut down since early March, with popular attractions like Duomo di Milano, La Scala, and the Fondazione Prada museum shutting their doors. Local stores and restaurants have also been hit hard by the absence of tourists.
Slide 23 of 29: Cases of COVID-19 have been recorded all across Turkey, prompting a slew of new restrictions from the government including shortening the operating hours of supermarkets and forcing intercity buses to run at half capacity. In Istanbul, the country's largest city with a population of 15.5 million people, most mosques, schools, and sidewalk cafes are currently empty.
Slide 24 of 29: Policemen patrol a quiet area outside the Sydney Opera House on March 25, following Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement of more social restrictions and business closures across Australia.
Slide 25 of 29: Westminster Bridge, one of London's most bustling thoroughfares, is seen nearly empty on March 23. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a stay-at-home order for UK residents this week, along with the closures of shops, gyms, and places of worship.
Slide 26 of 29: Vacant shops are seen along Lan Kwai Fong, a popular nightlife street normally packed with tourists. Earlier this week, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that all non-residents were be banned from entering the territory, with quarantines and social distancing rules extending longer than originally anticipated.
Slide 27 of 29: Argentina President Alberto Fernandez has declared a national quarantine until March 31, barring everyone except for essential service workers to circulate. Pictured is an aerial view of the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires on March 20, the first official day of the quarantine.
Slide 28 of 29: A passer-by photographs the emptiness on the almost deserted Pariser Platz in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on the morning of March 23. One day earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into voluntary self-quarantine and banned gatherings of more than two people.
Slide 29 of 29: A flock of pigeons gather in an empty Market Square in Krakow's Old Town, with St. Mary's Basilica in the background. Poland has taken several measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on gatherings of more than two people, cutting the number of people on buses and trams, and limiting crowds at religious services (including funerals) to just five people.

When it comes to visiting the world’s top tourist destinations, we’ve grown accustomed to bumping elbows with fellow travelers and fighting for the best photo-taking spots. But due to the spread of the coronavirus and subsequent government lockdowns, most major cities and landmarks have become completely deserted, giving the world a post-apocalyptic appearance that’s equal parts eerie and strangely refreshing (it’s always nice to see people following the rules). Car-free highways in Malaysia, Times Square devoid of people, churches and stadiums with empty seats: It’s hard to imagine, so we’ve rounded up the most striking photos of suddenly tourist-free spots around the world.

New York City

Rome

Vatican City

Paris

Porto, Lisbon

Rio de Janeiro

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

La Paz, Bolivia

Beijing

Varanasi, India

Las Vegas

Washington, D.C.

Key Largo, Florida

Chicago

San Francisco

Venice

Barcelona, Spain

Lima, Peru

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Milan

Istanbul

Sydney

London

Hong Kong

Buenos Aires

Berlin

Krakow, Poland

CN Tower, Toronto

Get sweeping views of Toronto from this webcam located on top of the CN Tower, the city’s tallest—and most iconic—landmark at 1,815 feet. You can switch between east- and west-facing cameras, letting you see Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands, the Royal Ontario Museum, and much more.

Watch the livestream here.

Hvar, Croatia

The country’s most popular island for nightlife and yachters, Hvar is also Croatia’s sunniest spot. Luckily for those of us stuck with cramped quarters and cloudy weather, the Croatian island offers a 24/7 panoramic webcam showing off its port and the Pakleni islands in the distance. The view is especially gorgeous during sunrise and sunset.

Watch the livestream here.

Thailand

Thailand has just about everything we’re craving right now: Beautiful beaches, rich culture, and some of the most luxurious resorts on the planet. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has a live stream view conveniently located on YouTube, where people can take a look at a number of Thai destinations (arranged in a tidy collage) from the comfort of their home.

Watch the livestream here.

Cancun, Mexico

The beach is the main attraction at NIZUC Resort & Spa, located on the northeast tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. Anyone craving some waves and sunshine can now tune into the resort’s live webcam, which offers a perfect shot of the shoreline and stretches of water.

Watch the livestream here.

Shibuya Crossing, Japan



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing is usually packed with pedestrians.


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Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing is usually packed with pedestrians.


The Japan National Tourism Organization is currently encouraging people to satisfy their wanderlust remotely, with virtual experiences showcasing the best of the country. Our favorite is the Shibuya Crossing webcam, which overlooks Tokyo’s busiest intersection. It’s not quite as crowded as usual these days, but it’s still pretty crowded by current social-distancing standards—you might even end up grateful for your quarantine situation after watching the “Shibuya scramble” for a few seconds.

Watch the livestream here.

Kauai, Hawaii

Bring some real-time Hawaiian surf into your living room, courtesy of rental company Great Vacation Retreats. Their webcam faces the popular PKs surf break on Kauai, showing off the island’s natural landscapes among the killer waves.

Watch the livestream here.

Niagara Falls

While most of Niagara’s tours and visitor facilities are closed (on both the Canadian and U.S. sides), the surrounding state parks and trails are still open—for now, at least. But if you want to practice true social distancing, we recommend checking out the Niagara Falls live webcam, presented by the Hilton Fallsview Hotel in Ontario. The sound of the crashing water is pure white noise bliss, and the camera’s aerial view is better than what you’d see in person.

Watch the livestream here.

Dam Square, Amsterdam

Like many major cities around the world, Amsterdam has closed its attractions, restaurants, and bars to curb the spread of COVID-19. We love this webcam of Dam Square (the city’s hopping central spot), which oscillates to provide great shots of the area’s streets, sculptures, and stunning architecture. And if you’re feeling really lonely, there are still a few residents strolling around.

Watch the livestream here.

Central Kenya

Situated in the highlands of central Kenya, the Mpala Research Centre is a 48,000-acre “living laboratory” that welcomes scientist and researches from around the globe. Their webcam provides a 24/7 feed of one of the watering holes on their property, where you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot hippos, leopards, zebras, and more at any given moment. (I’m watching three very hungry giraffes as I type this.)

Watch the livestream here.

Wildlife webcams, multiple locations

Do you want even more action in your livestream life? Be sure to check out our compilation of wildlife webcams around the world, showcasing elephants in South Africa, endangered gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and tons of sea creatures in zoos and aquariums. The eerily hypnotic sea jelly cam at California’s Aquarium of the Pacific is a personal favorite.

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