I’ve long intended to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s actually quite sad that I’ve never been to the scenic and historical site, especially since I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Western Europe and in the North East of the US.

Now, I can visit the vacation hot spot all from my computer, thanks to Google, who today released panoramic imagery of one of the world’s most spectacular national monuments.  Using their Trekker backpack and a team of willing participants, Google covered more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads to produce what is without a shred of doubt a very compelling online experience. Highlights include the famous Bright Angel Trail, the mighty Colorado River, and a variety of scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees. They’ve also captured the always steep South Kaibab Trail and a stunning view of the Meteor Crater.

The Trekker backpack is an Android based camera system that boasts 15 lenses, and weighs as much as 40lbs.  Each lens is angled in a specific direction, and then stitched together to form the 360-degree views that seem almost effortless in creation.  That said, a photo is snapped every 2.5 seconds, which means Google’s Trekkers are capturing a photo every few paces.

Google ‘s Grand Canyon street view feature is available now for your viewing pleasure.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."