At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

Are you sitting at a desk right now? Yearning to get outside and take in the great outdoors? Well, no need to get up. You can do it from where you are.

Earlier this year Google and American Rivers launched Colorado River Street View, Google’s “Street View” of a river. You can view 286 miles of the Colorado River as it snakes it way through the iconic Grand Canyon.

How’d they do it? With cameras on floating rafts, snapping photos every 2.5 seconds. The team also shot several side hikes in the canyon.

This isn’t the first time Google’s Street view as ventured “off street”. They’ve also captured major landmarks: The Taj Mahal in Agra, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, and my favorite, five National Parks in California.

While some people criticize Google’s efforts as giving you one less reason to get outside, I like the benefits it provides. It offers people access to places they may not be able to go, works as a teaching tool even for places halfway across the globe, and it works as a planning resource for people mapping out their next trip.

Plus, it’s just plain cool.

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  • Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith

    Sarah is The Dyrt's Co-founder. Growing up hiking, canoeing, and camping in the north woods of Minnesota, The Dyrt is a natural extension of her life experiences. She has traveled to over 40 countries and trekked in Nepal, biked the United Kingdom, and climbed Mt Fuji. An avid camper, Sarah now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Kevin (the other Co-founder of The Dyrt), and the original #DyrtDog, Brandy.