Hoping to spark wanderlust in your kids? With the help of its Street View Trekker camera system, Google has been putting together a fantastic collection of amazing digital travel guides to some of the world's most iconic destinations. With their amazing 360-degree interactive views, they are addictive to anyone who is curious about the world.
Come along for a quick bucket-list tour of the world, starting with the Sphinx and Giza Pyramids.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Discover the Pyramids of Giza on Google Street View.
The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
A destination on every wildlife lover's bucket list, the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are a wonder of nature. Made famous by Charles Darwin, the islands are renowned for their enormous array of endemic species and are thought to be one of the few places on Earth where plant and animal species have evolved undisturbed.
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This view was filmed along the tortoise "superhighway" on the Alcedo volcano.
At the onset of the wet season, when migratory giant tortoises leave their dry season refuges and head out to seek food in other areas of the Alcedo volcano, one of their preferred routes is to follow the crater rim to its western flank and beyond where they find lush and abundant nutritious plant foods.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the jungles of Angkor, Cambodia, lie temples that lay hidden for thousands of years, along with ancient cities from the lost kingdoms of the Khmer Empire.
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This is a photo of the Stairway to Heaven at Angkor Wat, an earthly re-creation of the universe in stone. with a central tower representing Mount Meru, the mythical Hindu home of the gods.
To reach the corner towers and the inner gallery, you must climb three sets of steps. The stairways are deliberately steep to represent the difficulty of ascending to heaven.
Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania
Over 50 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall began her work documenting the chimpanzee population at Gombe National Park in western Tanzania. Her legacy of scientific discovery and conservation continues to this day through the Jane Goodall Institute.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The most iconic landmark in India, the Taj Mahal in Agra was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite of three wives. It is believed to have been built in a single year by 20,000 artisans at a cost of 32 million Indian rupees, the equivalent today of $827 million US. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
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A raised marble water tank at the center of the garden, halfway between the tomb and gateway with a reflecting pool on a north-south axis, reflects the image of the mausoleum. The raised marble water tank is called al Hawd al-Kawthar, in reference to the "Tank of Abundance" promised to Muhammad.
The Khumbu, Nepal
In the shadow of Mount Everest, the remote Khumbu Region is home to the Sherpa people and includes Sagarmartha National Park, with its popular trekking routes and spectacular mountain views.
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The Hillary Suspension Bridge connects the lower valleys near Lukla to Namche Bazaar, which lies on the other side of the Dudh Kosi River. Katas (scarves) and prayer flags are tied to the bridge so blessings can travel on the wind out into the world.
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
After the collapse of the communist regime and the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the newly independent Czech Republic—and especially its charmingly cobbled capital city, Prague—instantaneously became the former Soviet Bloc's most popular vacation destination of the 1990s, and it has remained a beautiful bucket-list stop for travelers ever since.
Discover the Charles Bridge and other Czech Republic highlights on Google Street View
The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas.