Google Treks is a new project that uses Google Street View footage to create curated web tours of worldwide destinations. The hard-to-reach places the team have conquered already include the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon, with plans to cover all of the world’s most iconic landmarks.
Each ‘trip’ offers up information and videos about each location, recreating the experience of reading a guidebook or one could even go as far as saying going on vacation or physically visiting the chosen spot itself.
Each frame is in high definition and users can click around a highlighted route and explore the same areas the film team followed with their heavy cameras and backpacks in tow. Useful information is displayed in a surprising amount of detail for each view such as its history and fun facts aiding to complete the full Google Treks experience.
So far there have been mixed reviews; some say you could never replace the experience of seeing a place with your own eyes and others feel that Google Treks is revolutionary within the travel photography field.
Click here to experience Google Treks and have your say.