Now We Are Five

Today Google Sightseeing is celebrating its fifth birthday! We will be marking the occasion by eating cake and manically trying to finish our latest redesign of the site (which is, typically, late). Last year, we summarised the site’s first ever…

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Tuesday, 6th April 2010

Secret feature lets users unblur Street View photos

After strong criticism from campaign groups, Google today caved under the pressure and announced the ability to request removal of the face-blurring on Street View images. Google blurs certain elements of Street View images, including license plates and detectable faces,…

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Thursday, 1st April 2010

Crazy SCUBA Guys Chase Street View

Google has today launched brand new Street View imagery for Norway, Finland and large parts of Canada. But it’s in Norway where we’ve now uncovered one of the most utterly bizarre sightings we’ve ever seen on Street View. On arrival…

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Tuesday, 9th February 2010

Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, a North American festival which reckons that “if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees…

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Tuesday, 2nd February 2010

Scenic Street View

The most recent additions to Google’s Street View service made us wonder if it might be in danger of having a misleading name; beautiful scenery and historic ruined buildings aren’t typical on British streets. Google collaborated with the National Trust…

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Tuesday, 26th January 2010

Streetview arrives in Mexico, Hawaii, updates in Netherlands, Spain

Another month, another absolutely massive Street View update. The big news is that Google has launched a wealth of imagery for previously uncovered Mexico; but they’ve also added imagery to Hawaii for the first time, added many new places in…

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Tuesday, 10th November 2009
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Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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