The struggle might feel real when it comes to self-isolating and/or social distancing, but it's important that we all do our bit in an attempt to flatten the curve of COVID-19. So, rather than going outside to visit various places on foot, we're showing you how you can use the Street View function on Google Maps to get a panoramic view and even virtually explore world landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and natural wonders, all from the comfort of your own home.
To access Street View from your computer, you need to search for a place on Google Maps and then drag Pegman, the small yellow figure located in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen onto the point on the map you wish to explore images of. From your mobile phone, all you need to do is search for the place or drop a pin and then tap on the place marker.
In addition to seeing the impressive exterior of this famous Roman amphitheatre that dates all the way back to 72 AD, you can now skip the line and virtually step inside via Street View to catch a glimpse of the tiered seating encircled arena, as though you're one of the 80,000 spectators that used to watch gladiators lock horns with each other or wild beasts here.
Space fanatics rejoice! NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is another spot that you can explore via Streetview. Alongside being able to peer into the workshops where flight equipment is made, you'll be able to take a virtual walk through the transfer aisle of the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, or stand at the top of Launch Pad 39A.
The mystery of how the mighty Stonehenge was constructed has baffled people for centuries. See the awe-inspiring ancient site for yourself online, and deliberate how the prehistoric builders could have moved the 4-ton boulders into the circle we still see them in today.
Ever wanted to explore under the sea without getting wet? Here's your chance! Street View on Google Maps actually lets users see beneath the surface of the ocean to explore amazing coral reefs, watch schools of fish in their natural habitat, follow a manta ray, and experience the magnificent views at sunset.
Thanks to Google's amazing technology and the efforts of Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) to raise awareness and help conserve these areas, you can now virtually zipline through dense jungle, survey the forest floor, and climb vines to reach the treetop canopy.
Just because we can't get to Mexico right now, doesn't mean we have to miss out on seeing the amazing ruins like Chicken Itza, Teotihuacan, and Monte Alban that have long been a place of mysteries, especially now that Google has partnered up with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History to bring the pre-Hispanic ruins to Street View.
The largest silver mine in Japenese history may have closed in 1923, but the structures are still very much accessible for everyone with an internet connection. Venture into the mine's many narrowing tunnels and see what lies beneath the Earth's surface. Above ground, you'll also be able to see the beautiful scenery that the builders made a conscious effort to minimise the damage to during the construction of the mine.
Fans of the Harry Potter film franchise can virtually visit the Warner Bros. Studio set used to film the shopping scenes prior to the start of the school year. Here you'll find plenty of details you may have missed while watching the films, and you may even come across a masked figure lurking in the shadows...
Widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created and one of the new World Wonders, the Taj Mahal is an immense mausoleum of white marble. It will take your breath away both in-person and through the static panoramic images you'll find on Street View.
Will you be visiting some of these popular landmarks virtually? Did we miss any off the list? Tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!
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