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Google Maps Now Allows Users To Virtually Hike The Grand Canyon

grand-canyon-google-mapsThe Grand Canyon is now just a download away. Google Maps released panoramic images last Thursday that display more than 75 miles of popular trails within the canyon, including the park’s South Rim and other walkways.

By simply moving your finger or clicking your mouse you can virtually hike through the canyon trails and observe some amazing sites that were caught by the popular search engine’s team.  Google used “Trekker” a backpack camera system that captured 360-degree panoramic images every 2.5 seconds through a 15 5-megapixel camera lense.

Among the images captured were views of the Blue Angel Trail, Meteor Crater and past the Colorado River.

In a Google Maps blog post, it explained that the Trekker backpack weighed 40 pounds, and the temperatures in the canyon vary wildly. But a few muscle cramps later, and the team was able to capture more than 9,500 panoramic photos of the canyon for all of us to enjoy.

According to Newsday, Google has said it wants to deploy the backpacks to other national parks and forests, and to ancient ruins and castles. The company also has used tricycles, push carts and snowmobiles to map places where vehicles cannot travel.

Google also stated in their blog post “So no matter where you are, you don’t have to travel far or wait for warmer weather to explore Grand Canyon National Park. Check out some of our favorite views on our World Wonders site where you can find more information, facts and figures about the Grand Canyon, or in the updated Street View gallery, and happy (virtual) hiking!”  

Source: Cnet

Megan Bildner

Megan is currently the Jr. Editor of the Daily Deal Media and Digital MI sites with Mogul Media. Here, she is responsible for the site's content and publication. Along with these tasks, Megan also engages with the DDM & DMI audience through social pages/groups/tweets. When she is not working on the DDM & DMI sites Megan enjoys tweeting, traveling, snowboarding, hiking, and socializing with her friends. She grew up in Michigan's Clarkston and Lake Orion and loves being on the lake, boating, and wake-boarding. You can follow her @MeganBildner or e-mail her at megan@mogulmedia.com
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