Saturday, October 13, 2007

Landmark Scavenger Hunt!

So it'll be a while before we travel the world. But, hey, why bother messing with Airports and Passports? You can see the Wonders of the World from the comfort of your own home! All you need is Google Maps!

I've been trying to track down some of the world's more interesting landmarks with Google Maps. This is what I have so far:

1. The Eiffel Tower
2. Teotihuacan
3. Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii
4. Washington, DC: The White House and the Washington Monument
5. Niagara Falls
6. The Statue of Liberty
7. The Great Pyramids in Egypt
8. The Kremlin in Russia

Go ahead and navigate around like in regular Google Maps:

- The arrows in the upper left corner of the map will let you move around on the map (or you can "click-and-drag", which I think is easier).
- the + and - buttons (by the arrows) will zoom in and out.

Click on the blue markers to see what's there. If you want a bird's-eye-view of the landmark, make sure you're on "satellite" or "hybrid" view, and zoom in as far as you can.


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I'm still looking for the Great Wall of China and that GIANT crater in Arizona (Oh! and Crater Lake! That should be pretty easy.)

Any other cool landmarks you can think of? Leave 'em here in the comments section and I'll try to track them down while watching "The Office" or "The Unit".

4 comments:

Kenna said...

How about Victoria Falls, Iguasu Falls, Mt. Kilamanjero, Amazon River, Nile River, Panama Canal, Copper Canyon. . .the list could go on and on! (I hope I spelled some of those right. If not, oh well!)

descendent said...

Thanks for the great suggestions! I found a few of them. If you "update" this page, you should see a few new locations on the map:

- Panama Canal
- Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Iguazu Falls
- Victoria Falls (this one is sort of screwy looking unless you zoom ALL the way in!)

Of course, you've already sen some of those in real life, so I'm sure the satallite view can't even compare!

Chelsea said...

Nazca Lines, Mount Fuji, the Alhambra, the Taj Mahal, Tikal (tell Brandon that they used a shot of Pyramid 5 in Star Wars: A New Hope), and any of these: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21567822/

Enjoying the blog!

descendent said...

Thanks for stopping by, Chelsea. Great suggestions too. Stay tuned!