Over the years exploring new places, taking a vacation, or a simple weekend getaway has become easier and less stressful. There was a time when we had to print hard copy directions and if you deviated from those directions, good luck! Today, there are countless travel websites and blogs that by the time you arrive at your destination you already feel like you have been there before. While these sites are extremely helpful in planning a trip, I always find that the most helpful and interesting site is Google Street View. By logging into Google Maps, you can grab the ever-so-helpless Pegman by the head and drop him near your hotel. You can now see what shops, restaurants, and local flavor are near where you will be staying. This is great, obviously, but in traditional Google fashion they are taking Street View to the next level!
Google Street View has entered the oceans! Google is now letting you play the part of a mermaid/merman by using high powered, under-water cameras. While still very new, this can be a great tool to use as a teacher or to simply just browse! For example, you can navigate around Humpback Whales in the Cook Island waters, look at sunken ships near the Bahamas, and much more. To see what is currently available, click this link and enjoy the Oceans of the World!
More recent than Google’s underwater expedition has been Google’s journey in the complete opposite direction! In the past few weeks, Google (just their cameras) joined a small group of climbers as they ascended to The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. If you have ever wondered from your computer chair what the view looks like during a 3,000 foot ascent up the side of a mountain, you are now in luck! Just as you can with the underwater view, you are able to join the crew as they ascend up the side of El Capitan every few meters. Again, if you would like to take the virtual adventure, click here.
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