North America

Mojave Desert and Owens Valley (Desert Week 2011)

I recently took a weekend trip up to Yosemite National Park from Los Angeles, and typically for me, I took the an unusual route to get there. Along the way, I passed through some stunning scenery, and also learned some…

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Thursday, 23rd June 2011

White Sands National Monument (Desert Week 2011)

We paid a brief visit to White Sands National Monument five years ago, but with newer imagery now available, this year’s Desert Week seems like a great excuse for a return visit to this absolutely fascinating field of white sand…

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Wednesday, 22nd June 2011

Felicity, California (Desert Week 2011)

Did you know that the ‘Official Center of the World’ lies just off of an exit ramp in the middle of the Sonoran Desert of California? It’s true. There’s even a plaque and everything. In 1985, skydiving pioneer/investor/budding children’s author…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2011

Only from above: the best of Google Maps

We get so many submissions of weird and wonderful things our readers have found on Google Maps and Google Earth that we couldn’t possibly post them all. Today however, we are launching a new feature that will bring more of…

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Thursday, 16th June 2011

Ghost Towns of the Palliser Triangle

The Palliser Triangle is the driest part of the Canadian Prairies, constituting southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. Settled at the turn of the 20th century by farmers and ranchers, dozens of tiny villages sprung up to support them. While modern farming techniques have helped mitigate the hard times, the exodus of people from the Triangle has been steady for the past few decades, leaving numerous ghost towns listing in the wind.

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Tuesday, 14th June 2011

D-Day: The monuments of the Normandy landings

Today marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day, the fateful day that allied forces began their invasion of Normandy after five years of war with Nazi Germany during WWII. The massive operation to invade Nazi-occupied western Europe was known as Operation…

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Monday, 6th June 2011

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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Le Circuit de Reims-Gueux

First used in 1926, le Circuit de Reims-Gueux was a French Formula One and sports car racing circuit built on the public roads between the villages of Gueux and Thillois. The circuit hosted its first French Grand Prix in 1932 and continued to hold the event until 1966. The track closed for good in 1972, but the roads are still in place, and many traces of the old circuit can still be found, including the pit stalls, paddock, and spectator bleachers.

Lærdalstunnelen, The World’s Longest Road Tunnel

Faced with the challenge of building a year-round road to connect Norway’s two largest cities (Bergen and Oslo), through a…

Airship Hangars Around The World

From the late 19th century to the period between the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western…

Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we…

Floating Bridges

Floating bridges, while often temporary structures used in times of war or disaster, can also be used long-term in locations…

Recent Comments

  1. D. King: Apparently I was close, but still a bit off the mark. There IS a base on Lake Constance (Bodensee), but it...
  2. Bob: There is a Marine Corps air station with two dirigible hangars in Tustin, CA. https://maps.google.com/map...
  3. Ian: Thanks Tammo – I was aware of it but didn’t include it because it’s not visible.
  4. Ian: Excellent, thanks for all the links everyone!
  5. Tammo: Best Streetview of the one in Sicily is probably from across the water: https://www.google.com/maps...

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