Google Offers Virtual Hike Through the Grand Canyon
The 1,450-mile Colorado River has carved the Grand Canyon over the millenia. Here's view from the Arizona Trail.
The Bright Angel Trail provides some of the most spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.
While not located in the Grand Canyon this 50,000 year-old meteor crater offers some spectacular views. The crater is almost 4,000 feet wide and nearly 600 feet deep.
The Black Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the North and South Rim of the canyon. It was built in 1928.
The Phantom Ranch is a resort village on the north side of the Colorado River. As one of the most popular sites in the canyon, it is booked years in advance. The site is said to be built on an ancient Indian ceremonial ground.
Grand Canyon via Google Street View
The Grand Canyon is an icon of the American landscape and receives about five million visitors a year, according to the National Park Service
Still, the canyon’s remote location in the southwestern state of Arizona, make it hard for many to make the trip. Now, thanks to Google Maps, anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual hike
through the rugged terrain.
According to the Google Maps blog
, the images cover 75 miles of trails through what is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The Google team members strapped 40-pound, 15-lens cameras called Trekkers
to their backs to capture the more than 9,500 images, according to the blog.