Sonoma County Parks Now Available on Google Street View

October 22, 2015 in News

In partnership with Google, Sonoma County Regional Parks is making many of its popular trails accessible via 360-degree imagery on Street View in Google Maps. Starting Thursday, Oct. 22, people around the world can virtually stroll the Sonoma Coast at Gualala Point, stand atop Taylor Mountain in Santa Rosa, and climb to Gunsight Rock at Hood Mountain in the Sonoma Valley.

“We are so excited to bring Sonoma County’s natural beauty to a worldwide audience,” said Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart. “Sonoma County is a spectacular destination for outdoor recreation. When people see these step-by-step trail panoramas, we’re sure they’ll want to visit the parks in person. Virtual images can’t replicate the sights, sounds, and smells of our forests and beaches, but they can highlight our landscapes and help more visitors discover Sonoma County.”

Street View features panoramic imagery from around the world, from the Pyramids of Giza to the Amazon rainforest. Many images are collected with the Google Trekker, the newest vehicle in the Street View fleet. The Trekker is a backpack camera worn by an operator and automatically gathers images as the operator walks. That imagery is then stitched together to create the panoramas in Google Maps.  Trekker operators hiked 19 of Sonoma County’s regional parks over the summer.

Viewers can now take self-guided tours of the following parks and get a sense of what it will be like to visit in person: 

To find the images on the web, search for the park name in Google Maps and then click on the Street View option or the yellow pegman. To find the images on sonomacountyparks.org, go to the individual park pages and click on the Street View map links.

"As a California-based company, we are so pleased to bring this beautiful imagery of our great state to Google Maps for the world to explore and enjoy," said Deanna Yick, Street View program manager. "We hope seeing this Street View virtual tour through Sonoma County inspires them to visit in person one day."

Sonoma County Regional Parks include 50 parks, trails, and beaches in the Sonoma Valley, along the Russian River, on the Sonoma Coast, and in the heart of Wine Country. Visited by more than 5 million people each year, the Regional Parks support healthy communities, preserve valuable natural and cultural resources, and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education to both residents and visitors. For more information, please visit sonomacountyparks.org.

 

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