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10 of the Best Places to Visit on Google Street View

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Google Street View gives us all the opportunity to explore places we might never get to visit at some point in our lives. With nothing but a computer and an Internet connection, you can go and have a look at some of the most amazing and remote places on Earth that are accessible via Google Street View.

Check out a few of our top 10 below.

1. Great Barrier Reef

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If you’ve never gotten the chance to go scuba diving or snorkeling in the warm waters of any tropical destination, now’s your chance to do it virtually – without getting wet. An expansion of the Google maps tool recently brought Street View underwater to let users explore the colorful coral forests of the world’s biggest Great Barrier Reef, including the chance to get up and close and personal with various species of reef fish, turtles and sting rays.

2. Antarctica

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Very few people will ever be able to say they’ve visited the world’s most remote continent. Google Street View imagery in Antarctica was first launched in 2010 and was later updated with additional panoramic imagery featuring some of the continent’s most historic locations marked by some of the earliest explorers. You can actually go right inside places like Shackleton’s Hut to get an idea of how explorers coped during their Antarctic expeditions.

3. Amazon Rainforest

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For those of you who aren’t too keen on the humidity, bugs and other dangerous creatures lurking in the remote depths of South America near the Equator, Google Street View gives you the chance to get a glimpse of it without leaving your chair or couch. Google actually teamed up with nonprofit Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon a little while back to bring us over 50 kilometres of Amazon forest, village and shoreline imagery.

4. Cambridge Bay in Nunavut, Canada

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From one end of the Earth to another, Google Street View also takes you to part of the world’s most northern areas with brilliant imagery available for viewing in Northern Canada’s Cambridge Bay of Nunavut. With no 3G or 4G service in the area, it’s ranks amongst one of the most remote areas where the Google Street View team has ventured. You can now explore the streets of the small community and get a better feel for how the Inuit live in this region.

5. Mayan Ruins in Mexico

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Mexico’s Mayan Ruins are quite the tourist attraction. Google partnered up with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History to bring the pre-Hispanic ruins to Street View. Google is working hard to include 90 sites for panoramic viewing before the project is completed. Current sites on Google Street View include Chicken Itza, Teotihuacan and Monte Alban.

6. Iwami Silver Mine in Japan

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Here’s your chance to go deep into the dark, creepy caves of the Iwami Silver Mine’s Okuba Shaft in Japan. You can wander through this strange, wet tunnel without ever worrying about getting lost or feeling claustrophobic along the way. This mine was considered Japan’s largest ever in history and operated for nearly four hundred years since 1526 before it was closed in 1923.

7. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA

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How do you feel about experiencing what it’s like to be a rocket scientist? Google Street View now takes you right inside NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, letting you have a look at some of the most unique facilities that employees and astronauts usually only get to see. Viewers have the chance to see where flight hardware was processed, which even include elements of the International Space Station.

8. Count Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania, Romania

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Here’s another spooky venue for you. Once Google Street View made its way to Romania, the team made sure to put Dracula’s (Bran) Castle on the map. Historians believe that it was this 14th century castle, which sits on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, that Bram Stoker used in his famous story “Dracula." Explore this iconic castle from home and see if you can spot any vampires.

9. Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and Google made sure it was accessible to you through Street View. Use it to take tour around some of the area’s gorgeous vineyards, climb up Table Mountain or take a look out on the ocean. The imagery is especially vibrant for Cape Town, and it may even be enough to convince you to plan a trip there in the future.

10. Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA

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This one is a work-in-progress, but it will be worth the wait once it’s all done. For this project, the Google Street View team had to use the work of its trekker -- a sort of backpacking tool that can venture deep into places where people can’t go in order to get the 360-degree imager needed to complete the mapping project. The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous landmarks in North America, and soon you’ll be able to visit it from anywhere in the world.
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