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11 awesome places to visit with Google Cardboard

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My current kick is virtual reality. I’m loving Google Cardboard and their new Expeditions app. And there are more and more tools showing up that take advantage of the VR buzz.

Some of the latest I’ve found are the Google Arts and Culture app and website, a very cool NPR tour of Rocky Mountain National Park, and some sweet pre-built tours at Nearpod. There will be more.

But if you’re still trying to figure out places to go and cool stuff to look at, the simple Google Street View app that goes quickly to 3D view and the basic Google Maps Street View button can take you all over the world. Seriously, Google has sent their pano cameras everywhere.

Start with these eleven very cool places:

The Colosseum
I really love the ability to walk around inside the Colosseum. Some great views here.

Amazon Rainforest
This is a perfect example of why Google Street View and 3D tools are so handy. It’s hot, sweaty, and there are lots of bugs along the Amazon. Take the Cardboard tour instead.

mayanMayan Ruins in Mexico
Google got together with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and used their pano camera to bring over 90 pre-Hispanic sites such as like Chicken Itza and Teotihuacan to 3D view.

Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA
Google used a special camera on a backpack to take you down and then back up trails in one of the most beautiful areas of the world.

The White House
Tour America’s house anytime you want.

Robert Scott’s Hut
Scott’s Hut is a building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1913. Click on the door to enter – it’s both simple and beautiful.

Nasir Al Mulk Mosque
Get the opposite feeling by visiting this amazing traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Also known as the Pink Mosque, the building includes extensive colored glass and is like stepping into a kaleidoscope.

portrait-gallerySmithsonian National Portrait Gallery
A historic art museum located in Washington, D.C., the gallery is part of the fantastic Smithsonian Institution. Take your time as you walk around – lots of famous people hanging on the walls.

Stonehenge
Who doesn’t love a good mystery? And Stonehenge fills the bill. Use Street View to hook your students into working to figure out its purpose.

Great Barrier Reef
Yup. That’s a turtle. And lots of other cool outerwatery things.

Everest Base Camp
Go from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the world.

Need even more? Head over to the Google Street View headquarters and the Arts and Culture Street View page. Or simply imagine the coolest place you can think of. Go to Google Maps and type it in the search box. Chances are . . . Google will take you there.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. This curriculum looks so exciting! How do I learn more about Google Cardboard? Do I purchase the materials somewhere?

    November 7, 2016

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