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11 of the Coolest Places to See on Google Street View

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:

Written by Alexandra Cronin (Gregg)

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not getting up close to animals and sea creatures, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. Follow me @wonderg1rl89.