Google Street View: Explore 50 of the world's most beautiful places from your living room
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Google Street View : creepy or cool? We're leaning towards amazing! How else would some of us ever be able to visit some of the world's most remarkable landmarks and historical structures? Furthermore, if you're trying to take advantage of this summer by really going scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef or scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro, why not preview the locales with Google Street View first? After all, you'll be able to see some of the most breathtaking parts of the planet for free and you won't have to deal with some of the extreme weather conditions!
To help you on your quest of discovery, we've compiled the 50 best Google Street Views we could gather and arranged them alphabetically. Keep in mind that we would have liked to include places like the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids in Egypt, but unfortunately Google Street View isn't available everywhere just yet. Still, we think there's enough here to dazzle you.
To get the most out of Google Streetview, make sure to click on your screen to move the camera around, click on the road ahead or use the navigation arrows to traverse the terrain. Also make sure to click on user-submitted photos (wherever applicable) to get a better view of each location.
Have you been to any of our favorite Street View locations? Let us know in the comments below!
Alaskan Pipeline, Dalton Highway, Alaska: Take some time out to journey along the scenic Dalton Highway if you need some time to yourself. Originally built as a supply road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, it's now mainly a stretch of gorgeous land as far as the eye can see.
Amazon Rainforest, Brazil: There's no better time to trek through the Amazon than now, especially since the world's rainforests are shrinking. With Google Street View, you won't even have to break a sweat to trek through the mammoth maze of lush tropical greenery.
Arc de Triomphe, France: One of the most famous monuments in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe honors those fallen in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It's also a very beautiful piece of architecture!
Big Ben, United Kingdom: One of London's most famous landmarks is just a few clicks away. In addition to the large and iconic clock, you can check out the nearby London Eye and Palace of Westminster.
Cambridge Bay, Canada: Cambridge Bay is the largest stop for research vessels traveling through the Arctic Ocean's Northwest Passage. It also happens to be a very popular spot for fishing. If you'd rather just take in the sights without having to go home smelling fishy, relax in knowing you can visit the area behind the comfort of your monitor.
Cape York Peninsula, Australia: The gorgeous Cape York peninsula can now be traversed via Street View -- take in the huge expanse of untouched wilderness. It's one of the last areas on the entire planet of pure, unadulterated nature. You can practically smell the salty air from here.
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: Samba, de Janeiro! Have a tropical beach party on the sands of the Copacabana Beach without having to leave the comfort of your living room. Tanning will still have to be done at a tanning bed, however.
Bran Castle (Count Dracula's Castle), Transylvania: So maybe Dracula isn't real, at least not in the way you wish he were. You can tour the majestic legendary castle all the way over in Transylvania, which is actually pretty creepy.
Death Valley, California: Situated in the Mojave Desert, you might think a place called "Death Valley" would be a terrible location to check out, but its various sand dunes produce a pristine and calming effect. Don't get us wrong, the place can be a nightmare to actually go to with the place recording the hottest temperatures on Earth, but at least you won't have to deal with the sweltering heat on Google Maps!
Eiffel Tower, France: The iconic Eiffel Tower is now in your view, without you having to pay for an expensive flight to travel all the way to France. Experience the romantic city in all of its glory and make sure you click on some of the community-submitted photographs!