Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM
Today we’re adding more than 1,000 locations around the world to Google Maps, making it more comprehensive and useful for you. From historical landmarks to sports stadiums, these panoramic photos available via Street View can help you ease into vacation mode with just a few simple clicks. Below are highlights from Asia, Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada that you can use to preview a vacation spot, to plot your next hiking route or just to become an armchair explorer from wherever you may be:
Go from city life to wildlife park in Singapore:Planning on stopping by Singapore this summer? You can now explore more of the island’s diverse landscapes right from Google Maps. To get a taste of modern city life in Singapore, simply search for Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade and Fullerton Heritage Promenade and use Street View to explore the city’s popular bay front and bay skyline. If you’re planning to travel with family or are simply an animal lover at heart, you can also now go on a virtual adventure to the Singapore Zoo.
Discover some of Europe’s riches:
While you’re basking in Seville’s sun and sampling its famous oranges, check out the stunning Seville Cathedral against the bright blue Spanish sky. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral (and third largest church) in the world and served as a trading hub and bastion of the city’s wealth in the years following the Reconquista in the 13th century. Or maybe take a virtual sightseeing trip down the serene canals of Copenhagen, Denmark this summer. From the boat you can see cultural landmarks like the Royal Opera and Theater Houses and even the sculpture of The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale.
Take a pilgrimage to Latin America:
Take a virtual journey to Brazil’s Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, the most visited Marian shrine in the world. You can also visit Brazil’s Vila Belmiro stadium, home to Santos Soccer Club and of past and present phenoms, Pelé and Neymar. Experience Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Park), a natural oasis in the middle of Mexico City and one of the largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere. Or get ready for the slopes with a preview of Valle Nevada Resort, one Chile’s hottest ski resorts just a few miles outside of Santiago.
Take a trip down memory lane in the US:
Visit some of the nation’s historic landmarks with a road trip down the East Coast. Stops include The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut where one of America’s greatest authors and his family lived from 1874 to 1891; the Isaac Bell House in Newport, Rhode Island built in 1883 for the famous cotton broker and investor; and the Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia, which has guarded the Chesapeake Bay since 1792. Finally, explore the historic Vermont State House where for over 150 years citizen legislators have gathered every winter to debate the laws of Vermont.
Canadian stages taking centre stage:
Just in time for summer theatre season, Street View users can virtually visit The Shaw Festival Theatre, Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall, Roy Thomson Hall and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, home of the Canadian Opera Company.
Whether you’re hitting the slopes in South America or soaking up the summer sunshine north of the equator, we hope you enjoy exploring the world! To see this imagery and experience it through Street View, download the Google Maps app for Android or iPhone today.