Ever wished that you could visit some of the more popular tourist spots around the world without having to leave the comfort of your living room? Travel channels on the TV have made that possible, but for those who prefer to spend more time in front of the computer, then you might be pleased with what the folks over at Google have done. Their latest effort involves a stunning River View, where one is able to go through all 286 miles of the Colorado River which happens to wind through the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

It was last year when Google and staff from American Rivers, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group, worked together to piece an eight-day trip. The ever trusty Street View camera was mounted on a raft in order to capture the 360-degree experience. Apart from that, this particular team also wore trekkers, which are backpacks that have been specially equipped with the famous Google cameras, where they are able to capture shots of every ridge and trail of the canyon as they hiked along it.

This marks the first time that Google Maps made use of Street View technology on a major river in the U.S. The Colorado River does not flow through Colorado alone, as it spans a whopping 1,450 miles and actually snakes its way across seven states in the U.S. Of course, if you are interested, you can also go check out panoramic views of the Antarctica and the Amazon. [Press Release]

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