Google Street View offers an armchair trek of Grand Canyon

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Legions of young people have spent at least one summer packed next to their siblings in the back of a sweltering Ford Pinto during a multi-day tour to the Grand Canyon. Now, thanks to Google, this great American road trip destination is now online. The search giant has added to Street View on Google Maps more than 9500 panoramic images of the Grand Canyon, one of the great natural wonders of the world, covering more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads.

Now you can revisit the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails from the comfort of your armchair and reminisce about your pilgrimage to Arizona during the summer of ’88. Ah, memories: the ennui from seeing nothing but open road for hours on end, eating at dingy gas station diners, and enduring regular cries of “are we there yet?” from your younger sister.

A team of Google Street View cartographers spent several months trekking through the Grand Canyon carrying 40-pound backpacks mounted with 15-lens, 360-degree cameras. The end result is a stunning collection of Street View panoramic images.  Let’s take a look at some of the highlights, and don’t worry; no donkeys were harmed during the Grand Canyon photo project.

The Colorado River

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Fantastic Panorama

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The South Kaibab Trail

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Now that Google, in its quest to map the entire world, has conquered the Grand Canyon, what’s next? The search giant is now working on bringing Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in Canada’s Far North to Street View. The company is also developing more detailed regular maps of North Korea.

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