Written By Franklin V on Monday, April 25, 2011 | 7:06 PM
Ever wish you could take a tour of the world? Maybe school, work or limited funds make this dream impossible for the moment. Not to worry. These sites offer an up close and personal look at some of the globe's hottest travel destinations.
Want to visit Rio de Janeiro during Carnival? See the sun set over New Delhi? Observe the wild game of Kenya? This site offers virtual tours of hundreds of different locations on six continents. Crisp photos are complemented by insightful information on each locale.
This website features interactive pictures of important natural and cultural sites from around the world. Just move your mouse up, down, left or right to take in 360 degree views of the featured places. Meant to serve as an archive of the world's wonders, the site is ideal for the long-distance traveler.
Maintained by a photographer and Web developer, this site features panoramic photographs from Sweden and other areas of the world. Check out the Stockholm Cathedral, meander through St. Peter's Basilica, take a virtual tour of the Louvre and enjoy other visual delights from around the globe.
Full of photos, videos, maps and facts, this website serves as the perfect introduction to all things Aussie. If you love cities, you can check out streetscapes from Sydney, Melbourne and other major urban areas. If you're more of a nature person, explore miles of coastland and learn about Australia's diverse wildlife.
You can virtually travel to dozens of locations throughout the world at this website. From a panoramic tour of Machu Piccu to street views of German cities, Destination 360 may be just what you need to get your fix of foreign sightseeing.
If you've never had the chance to visit London, check out this site. While the virtual tour doesn't come with a cup of authentic English tea, you can get closeup views of key historical and cultural landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower Bridge.
Walking around New York City can be inspiring, but also exhausting. Get tons of street views at this site without the blisters. You can stroll down Fifth Avenue, visit the Empire State Building and check in on the United Nations, all without leaving your desk chair.
Just to the north of NYC, Toronto is a cosmopolitan Canadian city with plenty of impressive sites to take in. Visit See Toronto for panoramic photos of Queen's Park, the Royal Ontario Museum and other city landmarks.
Interactive panoramic photos make this an ideal site at which to explore the Paris sights. Gaze up at the Eiffel Tower, check out the Musée d'Orsay and gawk at intricate interiors from Notre Dame. Cap off your tour by dropping by one of the city's night-time cafes.
Check out the amazing geographic structures of Iceland at this website. Dozens of virtual tour sites reveal landscapes that are simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. Go ahead and visit if you're in a wintery or volcanic frame of mind.