The 7 wonders of Google Earth

Now that you can travel the world without leaving home, where should you go?

 
 
 
  • Hand holding white Earth
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    Everyone loves going on holiday, but times are tight. We can’t all afford to jet off around the world. Now thanks to Google’s mapping tech, with Google Earth and Google Maps you don’t have to leave your chair to see what other parts of the globe have to offer.  And if you are going on holiday, why not check out your destination before to see what it’s like?

    Before you start you’ll need to download Google Earth. If you’ve not explored it before, it’s well worth a look. Type in a landmark or destination and you’ll be able to zoom in, click on photographs taken by visitors and even sometimes take a 3D tour

    We’ve got a list of some of the best places to see – some you’d like to visit, some are oddities or spectacles, and some even give you an interactive tour. So what are you waiting for? Put the kettle on and come globetrotting with us.

     
     
     

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  • Stonehenge on Google Earth
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    No one knows for sure what Stonehenge was used for. Some say it was a burial ground, others that it was a primitive type of observatory or site of worship. Whatever its use, it’s well worth a visit. And using Google Earth will mean you don’t have to sit in a traffic jam for hours.

     
     
     

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  • Sydney Opera House on Google Earth
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    A plane ticket to Australia typically costs around £1,500. But you can hop over to the 2,678-seater Sydney Opera House for nothing using Google Earth. You won’t be able to actually hear any opera, granted. But you can still marvel at the building’s amazing architecture.

     
     
     

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  • SS Jassim on Google Earth
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    This Bolivian cargo ferry ran aground just off the coast of Sudan back in 2003. It’s one of the largest shipwrecks on Google Earth. Now you can head over and have a look at the vessel, all without getting wet or becoming stranded yourself. Isn’t technology wonderful? The coordinates are 19°38'46"N   37°17'42"E.

     
     
     

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  • The Bone Yard on Google Earth
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    The official name of this place is the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, but we prefer its nickname, The Boneyard. It’s where old planes come to die. Take a virtual trip there, and you’ll see almost every plane the US Air Force has flown since the Second World War. It’s like a scrap yard of the sky.

     
     
     

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  • Venice’s canals on Google Earth
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    Another neat Street View feature lets you explore Venice as it was meant to be seen – from the water. You can roam around the city’s waterways by gondola or vaporetto (water bus). But don’t worry, if you start feeling seasick you can always hop back onto steady ground.

     
     
     

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  • Great Barrier Reef on Google Maps
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    Thanks to the Oceans plugin to Google’s sister service, Google Maps, you can delve underwater and explore 360-degree photos of some of the world’s most stunning sub-aqua scenes. Here you can see coral formations, which form the building blocks for the Great Barrier Reef.

     
     
     

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  • Gatwick Airport on Google Earth
    Joe Svetlik
    Last updated: 07 November 2015, 14:46 GMT

    Exploring holiday destinations is all well and good, but what about actually getting there? Well Google has thought of that as well, adding 50 train and subway stations and 16 international airports, including Gatwick (pictured). So if you are jetting off for some winter sun, you can plan every step of your journey. Bon voyage!

     
     
     

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