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Take a virtual travel day with Street View

May 19th, 2020

As a program manager for Street View, I’ve had the opportunity to work in more than 20 countries around the world, collecting imagery that transports people to new places and powers Google Maps.

You can even find my blurred face from time to time in Street View. I’ve trekked a desert in Abu Dhabi (with a camel no less) and walked around the Great Pyramids of Giza (I’m the blurred face to the right). You can see my reflection throughout the 152nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, as I operate the Street View camera, and you can see me playing tourist in the canals of Venice.

Like many people though, life and work look different for me now than it did last year. While travel is now out of the question for many, that doesn’t mean exploring and learning about our world has to stop.

Over the past 60 days we’ve seen Google Search interest spike more than 700 percent for virtual tours worldwide. People are looking to discover world famous museums, with the Louvre, the Smithsonian and the MoMA among the five most searched virtual tours globally. Alongside museums, people are also searching for a little bit of whimsy and beauty with searches for Disney virtual tours and Versailles virtual tours rounding out the list.

Those destinations only scratch the surface of what you can explore in Street View. There are more than 10 million miles of Street View imagery you can freely explore by yourself or with professional guides who are taking their walking tours virtual. 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. If you’re like me, sometimes you need an idea of where to go before you, well, go. So here are a few virtual travel itineraries with pictures of my favorite places to travel to in Street View:

Picture perfect landscapes

Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Quttinirpaaq National Park, Greenland
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Doi Angkhang, Thailand
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Milford Track, New Zealand
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Northern Lights, Finland
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Kegon Waterfalls, Japan
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Le Mont Blanc, Switzerland
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Moraine Lake, Canada

Streets with a view

Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Passo del Stelvio, Italy
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Road 63, Norway
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Seven Mile Bridge, United States
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R759, Ireland
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Ruta Provincial 74, Argentina

Places of worship

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Bathalla Monastery, Portugal
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Saint Stephen’s Basilica, Hungary
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Badshahi Mosque, Bangladesh
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Sagrada Familia, Spain
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Itsukushima Shrine, Japan
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, United Arab Emirates

Ancient sites

Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Angkor Wat – Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Machu Picchu, Peru
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Tikal, Guatemala
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Carthage, Tunisia
Take a virtual travel day with Street View
Petra, Jordan