Google Maps: 15 most interesting places to explore from home


The place would you go in case you may go wherever?

Eliot Herman

The coronavirus primarily shut down journey — native and internationally — for the previous 12 months. With extra folks getting vaccinated, we’re beginning to see some hope that we will go on adventures once more within the near-ish future. Within the meantime, we have Google Maps. 

Whether or not you are still anxious concerning the world opening again up, eager to get a take a look at some places earlier than reserving a visit, or your lust for journey exceeds your funds, you may take a mini-trip from house fairly simply. Simply pull up Google Maps in your PC or cellphone and begin your search. Whilst you can take a look at maps from in every single place on Earth, the Road View and Photograph Sphere instruments allow you to digitally roam nearly wherever. 

To discover in your PC, first be sure to’re in satellite tv for pc mode. Click on and drag the little yellow individual within the backside proper of the display to any blue highlighted spot on the map. In your cellphone, simply faucet the photograph within the backside left and Maps will “drop” you into your chosen location. 

Listed below are 15 fascinating locations to discover in Google Maps.


This is a road sign indicating where Alien Parking is. This is the original UFO crash site in Roswell. There are small UFOs on the sign with a large arrow pointing to the right.

We will not promise you may see aliens in case you digitally go to Roswell. 

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It is unlikely you may spot any little inexperienced males in case you drop into Roswell, New Mexico, however who is aware of? Roswell appears to be like extra residential than Area 51 (the precise web site, not the tourist spots). Sadly, you may solely zoom in thus far on Space 51, and you’ll’t drop the little yellow individual wherever. It does flip right into a UFO whenever you strive although. 

Pripyat, Ukraine 

Images From Chernobyl

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The tragic occasions that occurred at Chernobyl have had plenty of consideration within the final couple years. In 2019, the HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, starring Jared Harris, ran 5 episodes detailing the 1986 nuclear catastrophe. After the present premiered, Ukraine made plans to accommodate an influx of tourists. Craig Mazin, the present’s creator, requested vacationers visiting the exclusion zone to present respect for the lives misplaced. But when you do not have plans to go to Pripyat, otherwise you simply watched HBO’s Chernobyl, you can digitally roam the deserted town on Google Maps

Pyramids of Egypt


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Google Maps has dozens of spots you may drop in to view Egypt’s pyramids. You’ll be able to take Road View to stroll amongst caravans or gaze up on the Pyramid of Menkaure and Giza. There may be an infinite quantity of historical past to find out about these huge buildings. For instance, the Pyramid of Menkaure is the smallest of the three pyramids, however outlined as a “true pyramid” as a result of its clean sides. Many of the pyramids have been constructed as tombs for the nation’s pharaohs. King Tutankhamun’s tomb, for instance, is said to be cursed. Tutankhamun’s resting place is nearly seven hours from the Giza Necropolis, however on Google Maps, you may tour each much more rapidly.

Devon Island


Up to now, Devon Island is probably the most related terrain on Earth to that of Mars. 


Devon Island would possibly appear like an enormous, barren, rocky wasteland within the Canadian Arctic… as a result of it’s. However do not write it off simply but. In 2019, Google singled out Devon Island and talked to scientists who’re utilizing the world as a coaching floor for future missions to Mars. Based on the researchers, Devon Island’s terrain is as near Mars as you’ll find on Earth. 

Desk Mountain, South Africa

The city of Cape Town as seen from Table Mountain, flat-

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There is no such thing as a scarcity of locations to digitally discover in Africa. If you happen to’re in want of a wide ranging view, begin with Table Mountain in South Africa. The flat-topped mountain appears to be like over the beautiful rocky terrain of Desk Mountain Nature Reserve all the best way out to Cape City. An 18th-century French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille named a constellation Mons Mensae, which translates to Table Mountain, after the landmark. Lacaille reportedly did so as a result of he noticed the constellation from this location. 

Tikal Nationwide Park

Tikal National Park

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Tucked deep in Guatemala’s jungles is Tikal National Park. There you may discover Mayan temples and ceremonial ruins relationship again to 900 BCE. Tikal is one of the most important complexes left behind by the Maya civilization, in keeping with the United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group. The location consists of remnants of palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, dwelling quarters, recreation courts, terraces, roads and city squares. The monuments are additionally nonetheless adorned with carvings and mural work with hieroglyphic inscriptions that element the folks’s historical past. 

Bran Citadel 


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Calling all horror film followers: Not solely are you able to digitally traipse the grounds round this 14th-century castle that allegedly inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, however it’s also possible to peek inside a number of rooms. I can not assure you may see a vampire (sparkly or in any other case), however the citadel has plenty of historical past. Its stone partitions have housed numerous royals, most notably Vlad the Impaler, a.ok.a Vlad Tepes, a.ok.a Vlad Dracul. Bran Citadel was the one citadel on the time that matched the outline Stoker gave in his guide. Dracula, the character, and Vlad Tepes aren’t meant to be the identical although. 

Huashan Mountain


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These with a concern of heights, be warned. You’ll be able to primarily hike this insane mountain with out leaving your seat. The path begins out easy sufficient — it is excessive up, however the path is comparatively extensive, with fascinating temples to cease at alongside the best way. In your journey, you may additionally encounter slim stone stairs and a few vertigo-inducing paths. In some locations it appears to be like like unstable planks of wooden have been hammered into the mountainside for folks to cross. Gulp!   

Cat Island in Japan

Japan's Island of Cats

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Aoshima, Ehime is an island in Japan that is home to more cats than people. In 2016, the fishing village had simply over a dozen residents and greater than 160 cats, in keeping with CBS Information. The cats have been initially launched on the island to unravel a mouse downside a number of a long time in the past. Drop onto one of many streets and you will be surrounded by felines, which truthfully is a dream come true. Virtually wherever you click on, you may discover a cat (or a number of cats) lounging within the solar, aggressively ignoring the digital camera. Perusing Cat Island is sort of a grown-up, additional cute model of The place’s Waldo. 

Winchester Mansion 

Production Wraps On CBS Films' "Winchester"

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And now we get spooky once more… or architectural, relying on the way you take a look at it. The Winchester Mansion is situated in San Jose, California and it is greater than a little bit of a thriller. Consumed with grief after shedding her husband and son, Sarah Winchester moved to California and purchased a farmhouse. Over 10 years, she remodeled the property from a easy farmhouse right into a towering seven-story mansion. The nice San Francisco earthquake of 1906 did fairly a bit of injury to the construction earlier than Sarah handed away in 1922. It was later discovered that Sarah had the home constructed with stairways and doorways that went nowhere, home windows trying into different rooms and extra oddities. The home is alleged to be haunted. If you haven’t any plans to go to California (and do not scare simply), you may have a look across the Winchester Mansion on Google Maps. 

The traditional metropolis of Myra

2015 G-20 Host City Antalya

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The traditional Lycian ruins in Myra, Turkey are mentioned to date back before the 5th century BCE, in keeping with the Turkish Cultural Foundation. Among the many ruins are tombs of rulers and their members of the family reduce right into a steep cliff. A couple of clicks away is a 35-row amphitheater. The construction’s former glory is clear within the carved designs you see all through, regardless that it’s nonetheless breathtaking. If you happen to preferred Tikal Nationwide Park, it is price a digital journey to the Lycian ruins as effectively.

Thor’s Nicely



The lovable, hammer-wielding, lightning-summoning Avenger did not have something to do with this vacationer attraction close to Cook dinner’s Chasm in Oregon. Thor’s Well is a large gap within the basalt shoreline that Gary Hayes, publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine, theorizes started as a sea cave, however was dug out by waves. The roof finally collapsed and left openings on the high and backside for the ocean to surge by. 

Loch Ness, Urquhart Citadel

Ruins of Urquhart castle, Loch Ness, Scotland

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Loch Ness is a freshwater lake that spans 23 miles in Scotland’s highlands. Together with the ruins of Urquhart Castle, folks flock to Loch Ness to attempt to catch a glimpse of the lengthy sought-after Loch Ness Monster. Relying on the place you click on, you may see photographs from a boat tour on the lake. I did not see “Nessie” within the photographs, however different folks claimed they did a number of years in the past. After the hype across the Space 51 raid occasion on Fb in 2019, one other occasion, “Storm Loch Ness” appeared. 

Darvaza Gasoline Crater, Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan's "Gateway to Hell" Crater

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The Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan is also called the Door to Hell and the Gates of Hell (not intimidating in any respect, proper?). If you cannot deal with the warmth, you may rise up shut and private with this fiery pit on Google Maps. The pictures nearly make it look like the world’s greatest hearth pit (think about the s’mores!). The pit’s glow, various between sinister and comfy, relying in your standpoint, emanates from an underground cavern in Derweze. The crater got here to be within the 1970s when Soviet geologists started drilling for oil in Karakum. Whereas they discovered oil, they have been additionally drilling on high of an unstable cavernous pocket of pure fuel, in keeping with Smithsonian Magazine. The location collapsed and a number of other craters subsequently opened up. The crater has reportedly been burning for greater than 40 years.  

Mendenhall Ice Caves


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Did it get chilly hastily? That is as a result of we’re speaking about Alaska’s ice caves. The Mendenhall Ice Caves in Juneau, to be actual. The very first thing I observed as I panned across the cavern was what number of placing shades of blue there have been. Alaska Shore Tour’s travel experts describe their excursions into the 12-mile Mendenhall Ice Caves as “dreamlike.” It could be as shut as you may get to Superman’s fortress of solitude in actual life. The cave, which is definitely a glacier, can be fairly tricky to get to outdoors of a Google Maps tour. It’s important to kayak to the sting of the ice and climb over the glacier, Atlas Obscura says.

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