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We may be at home practicing social distancing for the moment, but that needn't mean our wanderlust should be put on pause.
While there are plenty of pre-recorded virtual tours of museums, castles, and even national parks ready to explore, one other way to discover new destinations or revisit old favorites is through real-time livestreams. Enter: EarthCam.
From blissful beaches in the Maldives to Washington D.C.'s cherry blossom trees, to the perfect view of Mount Fiji, or even Dublin's cobblestoned, pub-dotted Temple Bar, webcam network EarthCam has thousands of cameras set up all over the globe ready to bring anyone and everyone a round-the-clock glimpse of what those destinations are looking like right this minute.
With so many destinations available on the site, viewers can type where they'd like to "travel" to in the search bar or pick a live camera to tune into based on the type of destination they're in the mood for. In need of a little island zen? Click the "Tropical Destinations" category where webcams like Kauai Cam, Maldives Cam, or Hawaii Surf Cam await (make sure to tune in at sunrise or sunset for the best views). Want to see what the world's most famous attractions look like at the moment? Take a real-time virtual tour of Times Square or the Eiffel Tower in the "Iconic Landmarks" category. You can also find "City Skylines", "Lake Life", and "Animals & Zoos" options, the latter including North Alabama's popular "Lion's Den Cam" which has already racked up over three million views.
Another webcam-finding approach is the "travel the globe" interactive map option—just hover over the country you'd like to visit and a list of the webcams available appears.
There's a live stream for every type of traveler. Check out the live streams now, then plan an adventure to see them in real life, too, later.