Google Earth Releases New Feature That Lets Travelers Virtually Tour National Parks Across the U.S. (Video)
With more national parks than states, most people will never have the time to visit every protected landscape in the U.S. These parks — which range from the geologically stunning Grand Canyon to breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah Valley — are not usually located near a major airport and take some planning to access.
For travelers who can’t make the trip, Google Earth is releasing a virtual guided tour through 31 of the country’s national parks. The tour releases alongside the presidentially-proclaimed National Park Week from April 20 to 28 that’s put on by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to celebrate America’s protected spaces.
Virtual travelers on Google Earth will be whisked away to the pink granite formations in Maine’s Acadia National Park and the ancient Pueblo dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado before hiking through Utah’s Kanarraville Falls in Zion National Park.
The only thing better than visiting the National Parks via Google Earth’s new feature is an in-person trip to a park on April 20 when entrance fees are waived to kick off National Park Week.