For ages, Google Earth has remained people’s go-to service for browsing our globe. All from the comfort of their home and couches. Google Earth was completely overhauled in 2017. And that introduced more virtual tours to the world’s most exotic places and cultures. This gives you a chance to learn more about them.
Here are the thirteen best virtual tours on Google Earth you should explore.
Discover mysterious sea creatures as the renowned naturalist with Sir David Attenborough. The renowned naturalist takes you through the depths of our oceans in a series of videos. Life in the Ocean Deep talks about a host of quirky, yet breathtaking creatures like jellies that glow in the dark, world’s largest crabs, and more.
Follow along as Google Earth briefs you on thirty historic landmarks declared as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The virtual tour provides quick summaries on each. This includes India’s Taj Mahal, Cambodia’s Towers of Angkor Wat, Seville’s Catedral de Sevilla, and others.
Don’t forget to plan your itineraries before embarking to explore all of these in real life.
3. This is Home
Take the This is Home virtual tour and visit traditional homes around the world. Get to know the history behind them from a vast range of countries. Glimpse inside these archaic structures with Street View. Some of these structures are situated in far-flung regions.
For instance, Jordan’s House of Hair is a string of tents stitched together with hair from camels, sheep, and goats and is located in the middle of a desert.
Stop and Smell the Flowers takes you on a journey around some of the most breathtaking botanical gardens and arboretums. The virtual tour highlights a total of eleven places from countries like Russia, Sweden, and more.
Every year, tens of thousands of Muslims embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca, a city considered the holiest in the religion. Google Earth’s virtual tour titled Pilgrimage to Mecca lets you virtually experience the hajj right from landing at the Hajj Terminal Jeddah Airport to the final destination which is the Masjid al-Haram, a mosque in Mecca.
Have you ever had a fascination for bustling flea markets? Experience them with this virtual tour curated by Google Local Guides. Called Global Flea Markets, the tour walks you through nine of the most iconic markets worldwide such as France’s Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, India’s Anjuna Flea Market, Uruguay’s Feria de Tristan Narvaja, and others.
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Being a land of diverse cultures and societies, the world is laden with numerous festivals and the most vibrant of them all are covered in Colorful Street Fests & Carnivals. The tour features eight of the biggest celebrations from around the globe such as the large-scale food fight called La Tomatina in Spain, Holi from India, Mardi Gras of New Orleans, and more.
Unleash your inner geek on a virtual tour that takes you through a bunch of iconic comic book spots. The series curates a total of ten destinations known for either appearing in various fictional universes such as the Parkwood Estate, the neo-classical mansion used for Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men movies or for showcasing the original artworks like the Brussels Comic Book Museum.
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Are you more of a movie buff than a comic book aficionado? Try the Iconic Film Locations in the Mediterranean virtual tour then. Travel to each selected landmark from the Mediterranean where movie scenes have been shot like Fort Carré in Never Say Never Again.
Looking for more? Here are some other ways to track down your favorite film’s location.
This virtual tour will help you get familiar with the basics of coral reefs. See how these marvelous underwater colonies are formed over millions of years. Each chapter discusses fundamental topics like Coral Reef Diversity, Global Threats to Coral Reefs with video highlights and subaqueous Street View.
Take a walk through the legendary political leader and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s road to freedom in this virtual tour. The series highlights places which played a critical role in his life such as the University of Fort Hare which was one of the first to allow non-white people to study, Johannesburg’s Crown Mines where he worked as a night watchman, and more.
If you’re yearning for more, the internet offers a lot of websites where you can learn about history.
Perhaps, the most intriguing virtual tour available on Google Earth is Reading the ABCs From Space. Developed by NASA, the tour comprises of twenty-six chapters which reveal locations that form an alphabet like a coral reef in the shape of a J or the intersection of two lakes which resembles V.
My personal favorite is the Lunar Crater from India which looks like a Q and was the result of a meteor hit.
If you’re still in the World Cup spirit, you might want to check out The Beautiful Game. The virtual tour takes you around a bunch of the world’s most unforgettable soccer destinations like Bayern Munich’s 75,000-capacity football ground, Barcelona’s Camp Nou, and of course, Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
Keep the World at Your Fingerprints
We have barely scratched the surface today. You will find them divided into subcategories like Nature, Culture, Sports, and others. It will take you some time to go through all of them. And yes, all of them are entirely free of cost. A reliable and high-bandwidth web connection is a must, though.
Google Earth is an offshoot of Google Maps. So, take some time to understand how Google Maps works as well. It is a fascinating topic.