Ryan Falor, Product Manager of Google Maps posted this on Googleblog

Whether you’re planning an upcoming hike, or want to learn more about the Earth’s geological history, Google Maps can help. Today, we’re releasing panoramic imagery of one of the world’s most spectacular national monuments: the Grand Canyon. These beautiful, interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads, making our map of this area even more comprehensive, accurate and easy to use than ever before.

Take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail, gaze out at the mighty Colorado River, and explore scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees. You’ll be happy you’re virtually hiking once you get to the steep inclines of the South Kaibab Trail. And rather than drive a couple hours to see the nearby Meteor Crater, a click of your mouse or tap of your finger will transport you to the rim of this otherworldly site.

A breathtaking 360-degree view from the famous Bright Angel Trail



The Colorado River, one of the many impressive scenes in the Grand Canyon View Larger Map

A breathtaking 360-degree view from the famous Bright Angel Trail View Larger Map



Click for virtual experience

Source: Google

Category: Digital Media, Weekend

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2 Responses to “Exploring the Grand Canyon on Google Maps”

  1. Clif Brown says:

    Truly spectacular and it is another step on the way to a future I hope will come – where people will virtually interact with the natural world while leaving the real natural world alone.

    Incidentally, I tried looking straight up along the trail and not surprisingly the sky is filled with aircraft contrails. No place, except the poles, is truly remote anymore.

  2. jkh1018 says:

    I’ve tried 5 or 6 times since this was first announced a couple of days ago, but all I can ever get is the 5 specific sites listed in the second paragraph above. I can pan and zoom each of them just like in other street view maps, but I can’t change my basic location. Is there some way to actually “take a hike”?