The most amazing sights available for exploration within Google’s 10 million miles of Street View imagery, from the Pyramids to epic waterfalls
- Google says that in the past 60 days, there has been a 700 per cent spike in searches for virtual tours
- Valentina Frassi, Google Street View Program Manager, has chosen her favourite Street View sites
- She said: ‘While travel is now out of the question, that doesn’t mean learning about our world has to stop’
To help relieve itchy feet brought on by extended stays at Costa Del Sofa, Google has pointed out that it has over 10 million miles of Street View imagery available for exploration.
And some of it can even be explored with professional guides who have taken their tours virtual.
Google says that in the past 60 days it has seen Google Search interest spike more than 700 per cent for virtual tours worldwide.
But it says that these virtual tours only scratch the surface of what’s available in Street View.
Here we’re presenting some of the most fascinating and thrilling places it’s possible to gaze at using this tool, as chosen by Google Street View Program Manager Valentina Frassi.
Writing in a blog post, Ms Frassi, who travels the world collecting imagery with the Street View camera, says: ‘While travel is now out of the question for many, that doesn’t mean exploring and learning about our world has to stop. Today, I’m inviting people worldwide to take time for a virtual travel day on Street View. When I drop into a new place with Street View, it shakes up my routine, broadens my perspective, makes me feel more creative and brings a smile to my face.’
Scroll down to see some of her favourite places to travel to in Street View, from Norway to New Zealand via the USA.
A Google Street view of the Seven Mile Bridge – the longest bridge in the Florida Keys. Its length? Well, it’s actually 6.79 miles, slightly shorter than the original, which can be seen on the right
One of the stunning waterfalls on Milford Track, a popular hiking route in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, as seen on Google Street View
The jaw-dropping Pyramids of Giza site in Egypt includes the almighty Great Pyramid, built using 2.3million stone blocks and reaching a height of 481 feet
A Street View of the Eiffel Tower, which is 1,063 ft (324m) high. It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower
The stunning 15th-century citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru’s most-visited destination and a Unesco heritage site
The beautiful Batalha Monastery in the Leiria district of Portugal, which dates back to 1396. It took over 100 years to build
The stunning Kegon Waterfall, which is located at Lake Chūzenji in Nikkō National Park near the city of Nikkō in Japan. The falls are almost 328ft (100m) high
The stunning Doi Angkhang mountain, which is located in Chang Mai, Thailand. It straddles both sides of the Thai/Burmese border
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A climber scales Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, which stands at 15,774ft. It lies on the border between France and Italy
The ancient Mayan kingdom of Tikal in Guatemala sits deep in the jungle and was made a Unesco world heritage site in 1979
Inside the beautiful Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Work on the building started in 1882 and is still ongoing
Inside the fascinating St Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, which is the third-largest church in Hungary and capable of holding 8,500 people. The views from the dome are, by all accounts, spectacular
The stark landscape surrounding the Ruta Provincial 74 road, which runs south-east of the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires
The stunning scenery of County Wicklow in Ireland as seen from the R759 road, which runs through the Wicklow Mountains
Road 63, pictured, is a winding country road in western Norway. The road stretches for 62 miles (100km) and takes in sights such as the famous Geirangerfjord
The picture-perfect landscape of Quttinirpaaq National Park in Canada. It is known for its extensive glaciers, ice caps and desert-like conditions
Petra in Jordan is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It was unknown to the West until 1812. Inside there are around 800 tombs
Carthage in Tunisia was founded in the ninth century and developed, says Unesco, into a great trading empire that covered much of the Mediterranean
The mesmerising Northern Lights seen above the skies of Pitkäjärvi lake in Finland. The lake is popular with canoeists
The Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio) is a mountain pass in northern Italy at an elevation of 2,757m (9,045ft). It is one of the highest road passes in Europe, affording drivers and cyclists incredible views, as this image reveals
Moraine Lake, pictured, can be found in Canada’s Banff National Park. It sits at a lofty elevation of 6,183 feet
The Badshahi Mosque, on the outskirts of the walled city of Lahore in Pakistan, is widely considered to be one of Lahore’s most recognisable landmarks
This is Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia’s mesmerising 12th-century ‘City of Temples’, Angkor Wat, which at 402 acres is the world’s largest religious monument
The Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the Japanese island of Itsukushima. It is is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions
Inside the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi. Construction was completed in 2007 and it cost two billion dirhams ($545million/£445million) to build
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