By Joanne DiBona

Virtually explore the world with these photo tours

For the moment, armchair travel may be the only way to satisfy our wanderlust, allowing us to dream – and plan – future vacation experiences.

Here are some highlights of personal “wow” moments during our travels that will live on in our memories, thanks to the photos we captured along the way.

This view on Canada's magnificent Lake Louise, part of a picturesque train excursion through the Canadian Rockies, is a perfect example of a cherished travel memory kept alive through photos.

It took us many years to finally pay a December visit to Yosemite National Park. The moment we drove through the Wawona Tunnel, our hearts stood still as this scene of El Capitan came into view.

When travel gets the green light, you may opt to visit destinations a bit closer to home. Just across the Canadian border in Quebec City, you'll discover a wealth of Old World history and romance.

Another close-to-home destination you'll want to dream about is the Hawaiian Islands. Its natural beauty and the ever-changing lighting will inspire you to capture the moment in a photo.

The Galápagos Islands rate high on many must-see lists. Imagine trekking down a muddy path and coming face-to-face with a massive Galápagos tortoise looking up at you with curiosity.

In the ancient city of Nagoya in Japan, a stroll through the castle park during sakura will take you past a surreal profusion of cherry blossoms at every bend in the path.

Death Valley National Park is the perfect off-season travel destination, as evidenced by this magnificent view of sunrise over Zabriskie Point on a crystal-clear December morning.

The cable car ride down from Switzerland’s famous Schilthorn summit to the stop at Bira, where you'll pass turquoise glacier lakes and snow-covered peaks, is almost surreal in its beauty.

There's no better way to explore medieval Europe than on a Rhine river cruise. Daily shore excursions take you to the most beautiful regions and historic attractions along this ancient river.

Greece offers a vast scope of attractions, from its archipelago of picturesque islands and beaches stretching out over more than 4,500 miles of coastline, to charming towns and cosmopolitan cities.

When the Southern California deserts burst into bloom in spring, it's a glorious sight to behold. The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a perfect place to experience it.

Instead of always trying to "see it all" during your travels, consider spending a few leisurely days in one beautiful place, such as the island of Hvar, Croatia, for example.

Grand Canyon National Park is considered one of the wonders of the world. For a one-of-a-kind adventure, consider a unique and relaxing ride to the spectacular South Rim via a vintage train.

In Costa Rica, come face-to-face with a Capuchin monkey at the Curú National Wildlife Refuge. And bond with nature (and your family) as you visit remote islands off the Costa Rica and Panama coasts.

San Antonio's famous River Walk, a vibrant downtown, the Alamo and many other attractions will have you wondering why you haven't visited one of America’s most historic places years ago.

On a personal note, one of my most inspirational photos was taken from the balcony of my cabin on board an ocean cruise ship as it slowly sailed up the Norwegian coast.

I stood for hours watching the midnight sun paint the sky until it burst forth in a golden ball announcing the dawn of a new day. Let's hope for a new day very soon.

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