New Google Maps Images Showcase National Parks
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
July 13 2012 05:43 PM ET
Street View shows towering view in Northern California's Redwood National Park.
CREDIT: Google Maps
Will you join the more than 8 million folks who are expected to visit one of California's national parks this year?
Beginning today (July 13) you can see new panoramic images inside Google Maps for five of the state's seven national parks — Yosemite, Redwood, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. (Lassen Volcanic and Mojave were not included in today's update.) Street View now includes 360-degree panoramic images for each park.
Redwood National Park has some of the most stunning photos, such as the view from the ground up the trunks of the tallest trees on Earth. You can also explore famed photographer Ansel Adams' view from Inspiration Point in Yosemite by sweeping across El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome. Further south lie the desert parks of Death Valley and Joshua Tree, whose roads lack the scenic appeals of the others, but at least you know what you're getting into if you decide to brave the scorching summer heat.
Can't choose just one? You can also use Google Maps to plan your California national parks tour. Google has updated its images for most roads in the Golden State's Pacific Coast Highway, which would be a refreshing place to end your tour after the desertscape of Joshua Tree.
If you're more of a city slicker (and an Android user), Google earlier this week added more than 20 new museums to its collection of indoor maps for Android, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (of "Rocky" fame), Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and 17 other Smithsonian museums — plus the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
To access the floor plans, open Google Maps on your Android phone or tablet (no word on an iOS app yet) and zoom in on the museum of interest. With the “My location” feature enabled, you can get indoor walking directions too.