Have you always wanted to hike the Grand Canyon, but just haven’t made it there yet?
Now Google Earth is allowing you to virtually visit Grand Canyon National Park and explore lots of trails and rock formations right from your living room.
You can enter the Grand Canyon National Park with the click of a button. Start your tour at the Bright Angel Trailhead, and hike nearly eight miles of wonderous panoramic views and gorgeous cliffs. You get to visit 18 stops throughout the grand tour, letting you see up close the striking canyon walls, and views that the park is famously known for.
Continue the tour and experience many more stops. Each one reveals a new perspective of the rock formations, plus a few attractions that you might not have known existed. You can check out a 800-year-old ruins of an Ancestral Pueblo village, and walk across a suspension bridge that extends over Colorado River.
In addition to the Grand Canyon, Google Earth also offers tours of 30 other national parks across the U.S., from Yosemite to Acadia National Park in Maine and Dry Tortugas in Florida. So once you’re done with the Grand Canyon, there’s still plenty of exploring left to do.
It will likely be very soon, when you’ll be able to actually drive to the Grand Canyon and hike it yourself, but until then, plan your hike virtually.
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