Google released panoramic imagery of the Grand Canyon on Thursday, covering more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding
The Google blog invites users to "Take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail, gaze out at the mighty Colorado River, and explore scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees. You’ll be happy you’re virtually hiking once you get to the steep inclines of the South Kaibab Trail. And rather than drive a couple hours to see the nearby Meteor Crater, a click of your mouse or tap of your finger will transport you to the rim of this otherworldly site."
The Google team "strapped on the Android-operated 40-pound backpacks carrying
the 15-lens camera system and wound along the rocky terrain on foot,
enduring temperature swings and a few muscle cramps along the way.
Together, more than 9,500 panoramas of this masterpiece of nature are
now available on Google Maps."