National Parks + Treasures

 

Ancient City of Petra: Jordan

(Click on picture below for a tour of 10 panoramas)

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.

 

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: Ukraine

On April 26th, 1986, a power surge in Reactor No. 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant triggered an explosion that resulted in the worst nuclear disaster in history.  Now, almost 30 years later, the power plant is being decommissioned and thick forests smother the ghost town of Pripyat, a Soviet-era community that was home to almost 50,000 inhabitants at the time of its evacuation.  Buildings there have been plundered for anything of value and are slowly crumbling under nature’s aggressive advance.

The 15 panoramas included in this tour were taken at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and in the ruins of the nearby town of Pripyat in July of 2015.

 

Death Valley National Park: California

Explore these six views of Death Valley National Park taken in April of 2015.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Brooklyn Bridge at Sunset: New York City

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

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