Step into John Legend’s living room and visit a Japanese hot spring without leaving your couch during the coronavirus outbreak thanks to these virtual escapes

You can virtually hike through Glacier National Park in Montana thanks to Google Earth.

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You can virtually hike through Glacier National Park in Montana thanks to Google Earth.
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Catch a free concert performed live on Instagram by award-winning artists like John Legend thanks to the #TogetherAtHome campaign launched by the World Health Organization and Global Citizen.

The World Health Organization and Global Citizen, a cause-based community of engaged citizens, have partnered to create the #TogetherAtHome campaign, a series of free concerts performed by award-winning artists on their Instagram Live feeds. In addition to John Legend, artists that have participated include Charlie Puth, Coldplay, Camilla Cabello, and Shawn Mendes. Global Citizen shares upcoming performances on its Instagram stories and posts concert recaps on its website.

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Tune into the Metropolitan Opera’s website each night at 7:30 p.m. ET for a free, livestreamed show.

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View of the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center at dusk.
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In response to New York City’s ban on public gatherings, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has suspended shows for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season, which was set to end on May 9. Until operations resume, the Opera is streaming past performances for free on its website at 7:30 p.m. ET each night. The performances will be available to watch for 23 hours post stream.

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Listen to Broadway stars perform Broadway hits while their shows are on pause in a series of “Living Room Concerts” posted to BroadwayWorld.com.

Like the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway has shuttered productions through April 12 due to New York City’s ban on mass public gatherings. In the meantime, Broadway stars have partnered with Broadway World to produce a series of virtual mini-performances.

The performances, filmed by stars in their living rooms and posted on BroadwayWorld.com, are free to watch; however, Broadway World asks viewers to consider making a donation to The Actors Fund or Broadway Cares, which support entertainment professionals in times of need.

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Float through an amber kelp forest in the Channel Islands, hang out with manatees in Florida, and watch bald eagles nest in real-time on Explore.org, the world’s largest live nature cam network.

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Explore.org has close to one hundred webcams set up in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around the world and aggregates their livestreams on its website. These include the underwater Channel Islands Kelp Forest cam; the above-water Manatee Cam at Florida’s Blue Spring Park; and the Decorah Eagles cam, positioned at eye-level with bald eagle nests in Decorah, Iowa.

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Trek through 31 US national parks thanks to Google Earth.

Google Earth has mapped out some of the most iconic national parks in the US, including Yellowstone, Denali, and Glacier National Park, in 360 degrees.

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Travel overseas to far-flung places through Google Earth’s curated virtual tours.

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A pathway leads to an onsen, or hot spring, in Hokkaido, Japan.
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Google Earth’s Voyager discovery page curates a dizzying amount of country and city tours. Tours range from broad country tours like “Discover Bermuda” and “Discover Argentina” to more specific ones like “Tour the Staircases of Hong Kong” and “Tour the Onsens of Japan” (“onsen” means hot spring in Japanese).

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Tour Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, and other world monuments through Google Arts & Culture.

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A screenshot of Google Arts & Culture’s Street View landing page taken March 18, 2020.
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Google Arts & Culture, thanks to its 360-degree mapping technology, offers an inside look at some of the world’s most iconic attractions.

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Tour and browse the digitized collections of more than 1,200 cultural institutions around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris through Google Arts & Culture.

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A screenshot of the Google Arts & Culture museum collections landing page on March 17, 2020.
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In addition to iconic monuments and tourist attractions, Google Arts & Culture allows users to tour the world’s foremost museums in 360 degrees and browse hi-res images of their collections. The collections are searchable by artist, art movement, and country, among other categories, and Google Arts & Culture’s map feature populates nearby museums using your location data.

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Hike over six miles of the 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China virtually on TheChinaGuide.com, a website dedicated to China travel.

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The China Guide, a Beijing-based travel agency, has developed a virtual tour of one the Great Wall of China’s most iconic sections, Jinshanling to Simatai. This section crosses the border between Beijing and Hebei provinces and has been the go-to destination for many magazine shoots thanks to its sweeping views, according to the agency. It is currently closed to visitors due to safety reasons.

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Peer inside the enclosures of pandas, polar bears, and beluga whales across the United States thanks to zoo livestreams.

A number of zoos and aquariums around the country have set up webcams in their most popular enclosures. The Houston Zoo, Monterey Aquarium, and San Diego Zoo each run multiple webcams. The Atlanta Zoo runs a dedicated livestream of their pandas, and the Georgia Aquarium runs a livestream of its beluga whales. Do you have a virtual escape recommendation? Email this reporter at mwiley@businessinsider.com.