Google Maps Enables Virtual Visits to Austin and Texas Landmarks

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Google Maps.

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Google Maps.

From the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail to Mount Bonnell, Google Maps now provides a virtual view of some of Austin’s remarkable landmarks.

Google Maps announced on Tuesday that more than 80 Texas landmarks are now live for people to explore online through Street View in Google Maps for both Android and iOS devices.

Other notable Austin area landmarks include Zilker Metropolitan Park, McKinney Falls State Park and Hamilton Pool.

Google Maps, through its Trekker Loan Program, partnered with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Houston Parks Board and Visit El Paso on the project. Google is able to collect the images using its “Street View Trekker,” which is a backpack with a built in camera system that collects pictures to create 360 degree panoramic views seen in Google Maps.

“As Texans, we love the outdoors, and thousands of residents and visitors take advantage of our parks and trails on a daily basis,” Gerardo Interiano, Google’s head of external affairs in Texas, said in a news release. “Today people can take virtual tours of more than 80 locations across our beautiful state right from the Google Maps app on their Android or iOS phones. Now the rest of the world can know, what Texans already know, and what Willie Nelson taught us: there’s no place but Texas.”

“It’s exciting to be able to offer never-before-documented imagery of Texas landmarks,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a news release. “This is a great opportunity to showcase some of our city’s treasures to prospective tourists and to locals planning area outings.”

Google Maps made the announcement during National Travel and Tourism Week, which takes place from May 1st to May 7th.

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