A panoramic view or video simulation of an existing place that can be viewed online, often for travel or vacation-related research. A virtual tour is usually a collection of panoramic images that are played in sequence to view like a moving video with added sound and text effects, or a virtual tour may use models in place of real-life video and images. A virtual your is designed to give the viewer a more life-like 3D view of the location being presented in the tour. Virtual tours are also popular in the real estate industry where a realistic 3D view of a home or property can be presented to interested purchasers. A virtual tour may also be called a panoramic tour.