Washington DC and Beyond


Death Valley National Park: California, USA

Explore these three views of Death Valley National Park, all taken at or below sea level in the bottom of the valley.


Ancient City of Petra: Jordan

Founded by the Nabataeans sometime around 300 BC, Petra sat at the junction of several caravan trading routes and prospered for hundreds of years as a trading city.  Romans took control in 106 AD and further expanded its grand carvings and structures, but under later Byzantine rule the city declined as trade shifted to sea-based routes.  A massive and destructive earthquake in 363 AD accelerated the fall of Petra and it sat mostly quiet until being rediscovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812.  Now Petra is the most-visited tourist attraction in Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.


Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin: Washington, DC

Navigate in this tour of six views of the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, taken during their peak bloom over multiple years.  Locations include near the Japanese Pagoda, the Japanese Lantern, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during both daytime and nighttime.


Elvis Presley’s Graceland: Memphis, TN

Located on almost 14 acres south of Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland was the home of Elvis Presley from 1957 until his death in 1977.  He and his parents are also buried there, just north of the mansion in the Meditation Garden.  Having opened to the public in 1982 as a museum, Graceland is now the second-most visited home in the US after the White House.

Use this tour to explore all public areas of the Graceland mansion in 18 interconnected panoramas.  These 360-degree images make up a large part of the iPad tour that is now included in every Graceland visitor’s experience, an interactive app designed by Unified Field in NYC.


Brooklyn Bridge at Sunset: New York City

A rare, quiet moment on the pedestrian walkway crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.


Fall Colors in Shenandoah National Park: Virginia

Skyline Drive stretches 105 miles down the length of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  Scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are highlighted at 75 overlooks, all built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and enjoyed by over a million visitors annually.

These five panoramas were taken along the Skyline Drive showing various views of the fall colors.  One also features the starry sky over Big Meadows on a particularly clear night.


One Million Bones Installation on the National Mall: Washington, DC

On June 8-10, 2013, over one million artwork human bones were displayed on two quads of the National Mall to raise awareness of ongoing genocide and mass atrocities around the world.  These bones were made by over 100,000 participants in all 50 states and more than 30 countries over the past three years.  One Million Bones was presented by The Art of Revolution, a non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

As featured on the TED Talks blog here.


Clark Telescope at the Lowell Observatory: Flagstaff, AZ

The 24″ refractor Clark Telescope was built in 1896 on Mars Hill over Flagstaff.  It’s the first of several telescopes built and operated by the Lowell Observatory, founded by Percival Lowell two years earlier.  When Pluto was discovered from another telescope at the observatory 1930, its name was partially chosen because of his “PL” initials, though he had unfortunately passed away fourteen years earlier.  Percival Lowell’s dome-shaped mausoleum is located just steps away from the Clark, the telescope where he dedicated the last 23 years of his life to astronomy.


Lincoln Memorial: Washington, DC

Dedicated in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial sits at the western end of the National Mall and is smothered by approximately 6 million visitors annually.


The Flatirons: Boulder, CO

A long-time symbol of Boulder, Colorado, the three Flatirons on Green Mountain tower over nearby Chautauqua Park and are visible from most of town.


Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: Washington, DC

Completed in 1958, this Russian Orthodox cathedral sits in a quiet neighborhood of northwest Washington, DC. The building is designed in the 17th-century Moscovite-Yaroslav style complete with onion domes and a belfry. Its interior murals illustrate the life of St. John the Baptist and an imposing four-tiered iconostasis separates the sanctuary from the nave. Their parish consists of approximately 400 members led by Fr. Victor Potapov.

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