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Good news, couch potatoes. 

November 16, 2016

Even the most avid travelers have to take some time off. For those adventurers who don't want to stop exploring in their downtime, Google Earth has revealed its new virtual reality experience.

With Google Earth VR, users can explore the pyramids in Egypt, the Grand Canyon in the U.S. or even some of the most remote parts of the Amazon River from the comfort of their own homes.

Users can begin by downloading the app to their smartphones, according to a blog post from Google. The program works on smartphones and its release comes on the heels of the release of Google's new VR headset, called the Daydream, which debuted on November 10.

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The virtual reality experience builds off of Google Earth, a program launched 10 years ago that allows users to see satellite images from around the world with just a few strokes of a keyboard.

Virtual reality has become an important tool in the travel industry. VR experiences of different countries and heritage sites can shape where a person chooses to take a trip, and virtual reality can often encourage travelers to visit places they might not have thought of previously, according to an expert.

"It can be especially valuable for destinations that may not have a top-tier attraction with a lot of name recognition, but has great natural cultural attractions that can give travelers confidence that this is the place to go," Douglas Quinby, vice president of research at research firm Phocuswright, told CNBC earlier this year.

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