Oh, the places you can go with Google Street View
Here are some of the most interesting projects Google has brought to Street View.
Google launched imagery from the ancient rock-cut city of Petra in Jordan (also one of the seven wonders of the world), marking Google's fifth Street View project in the Arab world.
Google partnered with photographers, skiers, mountaineers, climbers and runners to build up this library of 360-degree imagery of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
You can also visit the world's largest model railroad with Street View. The Miniatur Wunderland is the most-visited tourist attraction in Hamburg, Germany.
You can even walk in the footsteps of giant Galápagos tortoises, now that Street View cameras made it to the Galapagos Islands. The main idea here was to support the ongoing conservation efforts and scientific studies. Not too long ago, it looked like some species of tortoise on the islands were in danger of going extinct, but today the population is growing again thanks to conservation efforts.
Last year, Google launched a batch of underwater Street View imagery that lets you swim with humpback whales off the Cook Islands, dive with parrot fish off the coast of Bali or walk on a beach in American Samoa. This is how Google gets underwater footage.
Google partnered with the National Park Service to bring imagery from 40 parks to Street View.
Google even lets you go back in time. Street View cars capture tons of data and the company publishes them on Google Maps regularly, so you can see how certain areas have changed over a few years.
Google street view also lets you go to exotic locations like the island from Bond's Skyfall.
Most of us will never get to see the Iditarod race in person, but you can now experience a part of the 1000+ mile dog sled race across the vast wilderness of Alaska with Google Street View.
Did we miss any? Where are your favorite places to virtually travel to?
This article by Anna Escher originally ran on TechCrunch, a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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