Take a Virtual Tour of 31 National Parks Courtesy of Google Earth

Here in the U.S. this week is National Parks Week. That means that it is a time to celebrate “America’s Best Idea” and to make that happen visitors will find that all entry fees are waived through April 28. That said, not all of us can escape to our favorite national park this week to take advantage of this offer. Thankfully, there are other ways to explore these iconic landscapes however, with Google lending a helping hand with its Google Earth software.

If you haven’t used Google Earth before or don’t have it installed, you’re missing out. It is billed as the “world’s most detailed globe,” but even that would be an understatement. The software is not only a lot of fun to fire up and just explore various parts of the world –– with important points of interest labeled and explained –– but it has been an instrumental part of many explorers’ planning process in recent years too. It is an amazing tool for anyone planning to travel or just doing research on a specific location, with a wealth of information right at your finger tips.

To celebrate National Parks Week however, Google has added virtual tours of 31 of America’s national parks. These tours were created as part of the Internet search giant’s “Voyager” program, which integrated detailed satellite maps, 3D models of important landmarks, sweeping fly-through animations, and much more. All of that tech is put to good use in the national park tours of course, allowing virtual visitors to explore those places, which is the next best thing to being there in person.

In order to take advantage of these virtual tours you’ll either need to install Google Earth on your device –– it is available for iOS and Android as well as Windows and Mac. Alternatively, you can view it in a browser, but you’ll need the Chrome browser to properly take advantage of that process. Either way, this is a piece of software that any would-be explorer should have at their disposal.

Kraig Becker

2 thoughts on “Take a Virtual Tour of 31 National Parks Courtesy of Google Earth”

  1. Wow. This “hack” blew my mind, but at the same time made me want to visit all 31 national parks in the United States. I think tourists like me should realize that the beauty of the US is not only defined by its most popular attractions (e.g. Times Square, Hollywood, Vegas Strip), but also its natural wonders. The country is blessed with a tremendous amount of natural parks and resources that add to the its overall beauty. I surely would want to go to each and every one of these parks in the future.

    • Well said! The U.S. has some of the best outdoor landscapes on the planet, they just happen to get overshadowed by some of the other places that can be found here. The National Parks are some of the absolute best places to visit, but the U.S. is so big that they are often overlooked by foreign visitors in favor of the more touristy destinations.

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