It can be hard to practice #SocialDistancing and #SelfQuarantine, while the constant need to step out and travel tugs at us. Thank god for virtual tours, we can now travel the world from the comfort of our homes. Here are six awesome tours you can now ‘Armchair Travel’ to from Washington DC! By Amitha Ameen

1. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


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How about spending some time amongst the stars? If space exploration and aviation are topics that interest you, then this is the right place to be (virtually)! The museum showcases all the amazing technological achievements that have progressed in these departments throughout the last century. Imagine seeing the spacesuit astronaut worn by Neil Armstrong, the moon landing, the only portion of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to return to Earth, the first aircraft to complete a nonstop flight from New York to Paris and much more. Just talking about it is giving us goosebumps! It’s no wonder that the museum is one of the most visited in the world year-after-year, with some people spending days here.

2. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens


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If you are an art lover and more specifically love edgy and fun installations, then you should definitely check this tour out. With a mix of the best modern and contemporary artwork, you can expect The Hirshhorn Museum to showcase work that pushes the boundaries. The famed Sculpture Garden features popular works including Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington, DC, David Smith’s Cubi XII and One of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures, entitled The Burghers of Calais amongst others.

3. The Smithsonian National Zoo


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With more than 2 million visitors from all over the world each year, Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington D.C.’s most popular tourist destinations. Check-in on how the pandas are doing, laze with the lions or chill with the elephants with live cameras.

4. The National Portrait Gallery


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For a walk down history’s lane, The National Portrait Gallery is the best place. The gallery gives visitors a chance to meet fascinating Americans from more than 225 years of history in its halls. Through portraits and ground-breaking performances, the Portrait Gallery tells the stories of poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history. Not your average gallery!

5. Washington, DC Cherry Blossom


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Spring and cherry blossoms go hand-in-hand. A popular festival, people from near and far arrive at the Tidal Basin to visit the cherry blossom trees, which provides great photo ops. The Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Now you too can witness this through the new #BloomCam announced by The National Cherry Blossom Festival.

6. John F Kennedy Center of Performing Arts


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Instead of spending days on end watching shows and movies, why not switch it up a little. The centre has introduced a digital stage, on which we can enjoy extraordinary performances ranging from Ballet, Comedy, Dance, Theatre and National Opera to name a few.

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