Google has brought us a lot over the years: from its Google Doodles to helping keep the Internet safe, not to mention being the go-to source for pretty much everything. When you’re researching a destination, it’s usually the first place you head for to get a bit of information. But its capacity for giving doesn’t stop there. In 2007 the search engine super-giant launched ‘Street View’, a virtual reality map that allows you to step inside a destination, changing the face of travel. Great for route planning and inspiration, it’s chock-full of some of the planet’s most incredible places too… and these days you can see them closer than ever before from the comfort of your own sofa.
So prepare to be inspired.
We’ve spent hours trawling the web to bring you some of the coolest places to see on Google Street View – and here they are:
Adélie penguin rookery, Antarctica
The Amazon Rainforest
Pedras Secas, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The White House, Washington, USA
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA
Whistler Peak, Canada
Times Square, New York City, USA
Want to find out how Google captures these incredible places? Watch this video: a short snippet of how their intelligent multi-camera system used a zip line to map part of the Amazon Jungle: