Although there’s nothing better than visiting a national park in person, sometimes that’s just not possible. Be it lack of funds, transportation or even a worldwide pandemic, sometimes you just have to enjoy Mother Nature from afar. So check out these national park webcams that offer an up-close-and personal look at some of America’s national treasures.
Yosemite National Park
This Yosemite Falls webcam gives folks a good view of one of the park’s iconic attractions. Although Yosemite Falls slows down to a trickle by late fall, early spring is one of the best times to see it running at full force. And if you are making plans for a later visit to Yosemite, there’s also a wheelchair-accessible trail to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall.
Yellowstone National Park
This webcam offers an excellent view of Old Faithful, so just sit back on the sofa and watch it erupt. And if you make it to the park one day, remember there’s barrier-free access to the boardwalk viewing area, or you can watch things blow from the comfort of the visitor center through the floor-to-ceiling-windows.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
This webcam, which refreshes every minute, gives folks a nice view of Manzanita Lake, with Mount Lassen in the background. And if you’d like to spend the night in the park one day, there’s a wheelchair-accessible camping cabin in Manzanita Lake Campground.
Zion National Park
The Towers of the Virgin webcam in Zion National Park offer a panoramic view of the surrounding red rock formations. It’s a favorite sunrise stop for photographers, so check it out at dawn sometime. It’s located behind the Zion Human History Museum, and it can be viewed from the wheelchair-accessible back patio. when you visit the park
Finally, have a look at this webcam at Channel Islands National Park in Southern California. This underwater webcam offers a peek at the kelp forest below the surface. And since this remote national park doesn’t offer much in the way of access, this virtual visit gives wheelchair-users and slow walkers a taste for what it’s like.