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Google Treks: A Hidden Gem in Google Maps

Jule Romans is the author of "Take Advice From Shakespeare" and other books. She has decades of experience writing on educational topics.


What Is Google Treks?

You can access Street View imagery in Google Maps on any device, but Google Treks goes far beyond Street View. The Google Treks series uses Google Maps Street View with added still images, text, video, and HTML5 to open the world to viewers.

Google Treks allows people to travel to some of the most interesting places in the world in self-guide digital journeys.

Google Treks provides an immersive exploration of significant locations by using Google Street View technology.

With Google Treks, viewers can learn more than Google Maps or Google Street View can offer. Google Treks create the opportunity for self-guided tours of remote and fascinating locations.

Google Treks Is MORE Than Google Street View

For a few select locations, Google Treks will take you into a deeply immersive exploration. Google Treks is Google Street View, enhanced for interactive exploration.

With Google Treks, you can climb El Capitan in Yosemite, USA. Wired Magazine used Google Treks for this very purpose, and they had this to say:

“These 360-degree panoramic images are the closest thing I’ve ever witnessed to actually being thousands of feet up a vertical rock face — better than any video or photo.”

If Yosemite isn't your idea of fun, you can examine the world's largest miniature train set in Germany. See the Eiffel Tower in France. Visit Galapagos Island. Google Treks will take you there.

Here's how Google explains Google Treks:

"As part of Google’s commitment to using our products for good, we partner with organizations like the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the Apa Sherpa Foundation to highlight unique habitats and homelands around the world. We hope they can be a fun learning tool and source of inspiration for everyone."

Google is committed to using its products for benevolent purposes. To that end, they have created Google Treks, to open the world to more and more people.

Google Treks Is a Hidden Gem

Google Treks are more than maps.

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With Google Treks, you can engage in a multifaceted, immersive exploration of some of the most memorable locations in the world. You'll have the opportunity to visit remote landscapes, historical monuments, and culturally significant areas.

These are immersive experiences that users can access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the comfort of their own homes.

You don't have to fly to France to look down on Paris from the Eiffel Tower. You don't have to visit Hamburg, Germany, to see the world's largest model railroad. You can experience both of these things in great detail, thanks to Google Treks.

Google Street View Treks Offer MORE Than In-Person Visits

Google Treks uses Street View images as a springboard for a hypermedia experience that keeps users engaged. Google Treks has created a series of individual sites that are enhanced with video, HTML, text, maps, hyperlinks, and panoramic views.

Google Treks even allows visitors to view details that are often missed by in-person attendees.

Visit Miniatur Wunderland With Google Treks

Miniatur Wunderland is a great example of why Google Treks is an exceptional creation. Miniatur Wonderland is a:

" . . . model railway exhibit consisting of nearly 16,000 meters of train tracks and representing many places around the world. Started in 2000 by twin brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun, the Wunderland has been built with an eye for detail, humor and fantasy. This miniature replica now comprises no less than 200 square metres."

Through Google Street View and Google Trek, visitors can explore parts of this model railroad that most visitors do not have the opportunity to see. Google developed a miniature version of the Street View Car. That car traveled all over the Miniatur Wonderland, collecting images.

The Google Trek team hopes that you will “enjoy taking a closer look at the Wunderland through this mini-Street View.”

Visit the Eiffel Tower With Google Treks

Over 250 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower since it was built in 1889. In Google Treks, you can “visit” the Eiffel Tower through digital 360-degree panoramas.

The Google Maps team did just what 7 million visitors do every year. They ascended many floors of the tower in order to capture all the images that you can see on Google Treks.

The team used the Street View Trolley to collect full-circle views of the architecture and the spectacular views over the city of Paris, France. Their version of Street View Trolley was designed for use with monuments and museums.

How Google Treks Creates Virtual Travel Experiences

The Google Trekker is a backpack equipped with up to 15 cameras. It will capture pictures and produce interactive maps in locations that transcend the limits of automobiles.

The Google Trekker works with Google Earth, Street View, and Google Maps. It is a valuable tool for mapping many wonders of the world that are far from traditional roads.

This Trekker backpack camera is a unified system with advanced lenses, batteries, and positioning devices. The person wearing the backpack can explore locations and record almost every step of the way. The equipment is very durable. It is waterproof and works under extreme conditions.

Google Trekker has its own following. Many travelers are passionate about sharing their journeys with the world.

According to Danny Cheung, Technical Program Manager for Google Street View:

“From hiking Yosemite to floating the canals of Venice to exploring the ancient city of Petra, people and organizations all over the world have used Trekker to document the places they’re passionate about.”

Want to join the Trekker family using the cameras and mapping new locations for Google Treks? Anyone can apply for a Street View Camera Loan.

Google Trekker Exploring- with Polar Bear

Google Trekker Exploring- with Polar Bear

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jule Romans

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