From the USA TODAY NETWORK and YouTube, it’s VRtually There, a weekly adventure with three cool VR experiences.
1- Ride the world’s tallest roller coaster! Maybe you love roller coasters. Maybe you’d never set foot on a roller coaster, never mind the world’s tallest. Whether you’re a coaster freak or fraidy cat, you’ve got to take a virtual ride on the Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
And it’s not just the tallest – it’s also the world’s second fastest. You can almost hear your heart pounding through the screams and rushing wind as the Kingda Ka makes its insane 456-foot ascent – and plummet.
2- Walk on the surface of the moon! It’s time for a hard truth: It’s probably too late to be an astronaut when you grow up. And even if you could, chances are you’d never set foot on the moon – we haven’t personally visited that luminous satellite in over 40 years.
So, no magical moon missions for you. But thanks to NASA and the Project Apollo Archive, now you can at least feel like you’ve been. In 1972, American astronauts Eugene Cernan and Jack Schmitt were the last men to land on the moon. They brought with them an American flag, some Hasselblad cameras, giddy exuberance and a great sense of humor.
They took hundreds of detailed photos of the moon’s surface, documenting their landing in exhausting detail. Last year, Project Apollo Archive made available over 8,400 unprocessed, high-resolution photos from that mission.
We’ve stitched 25 of them together into an astonishing panorama that puts you on the surface of the moon! You can lose yourself for days in their Flickr feed: https://www.flickr.com/photos/project...
3- Take a beautiful trip in virtual reality to Yosemite Park with Ken Burns The National Parks Service turned 100 this year, and there are few places on earth more majestic to celebrate its centennial than Yosemite National Park.
You might not be able to make the trip to California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, but you can still go there. And what better park guide than Ken Burns? The documentarian and director of “The National Parks: America's Best Idea” lends his voice and his insight on of the world’s most magical spots, musing on the mystical nature of its beauty – and even goes so far to say Yosemite brings you closer to God.
Gazing at the granite cliffs of El Capitan, you start to feel it, too. Take a breath. Take it in. And don’t forget to look around!