Tour More Than 15,000 Landmarks With Help From Google

Google is now allowing you to visually fly around more than 15,000 landmarks with its newest Google Maps feature–Google Tours.

Released two days ago, the new component to Google Maps allows you to have a 3D view of landmarks like: The Eiffell Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica in Italy, The Anne Frank House, NYC’s Central Park, London’s Buckingham Palace, and more.

Google Tours is available via the left-hand panel in Google Maps. The feature uses publicly shared photos–on services like Picasa and Panoramio (owned by Google)–to compile and render a 3D experience for you.

Google Maps software engineer Steve Seitz explains the feature in a recent blog post:

“Google Maps selects a path through the best images, and adds 3D transitions to seamlessly guide you from photo to photo as if you’re literally flying around the landmark and viewing it from different perspectives.”

4 Responses to “Tour More Than 15,000 Landmarks With Help From Google”

  1. Oooohh this looks like a lot of fun! You don’t even have to leave your house to see the world!!

  2. Is there a way to access tours on an iPad that you know of? This is a really cool feature!

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