Hike the Grand Canyon from your Desktop (or Tablet) with Google Maps

Google Maps has released panoramic images of the Grand Canyon to help people virtually explore the spectacular site by gazing at scenic views in full 360°.

More than 9,500 panoramas of the Grand Canyon are now available to view on Google Maps. Moving your mouse or swiping your finger guides you along any of the canyon trails, supported by beautiful, interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads.  The imagery collection was captured by the Trekker, with Google’s team carrying Android-operated 40-pound backpacks with the 15-lens camera system around the rocky terrain on foot.

Why I’m Curious

Similar to how technology is helping to democratize education, Google is democratizing travel (or experiences) with their Maps tech, which opens up the world in an exploratory way we haven’t seen before.  Allowing people to visit and navigate otherwise inaccessible places will certainly be interesting to tourism industries but also for brands in trying to bring their consumers into more immersive experiences.

via PSFK



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