Proos: Check out 360-degree images of Pure Michigan on Google Maps

LANSING—Due to a new partnership between Google and Pure Michigan, 360-degree, fully navigable images of many of Michigan’s most iconic tourist destinations are online to enjoy and to inspire tourists to plan a trip, said Sen. John Proos.

“I have always been a strong supporter of the Pure Michigan tourism promotion program because it has a direct, positive effect on boosting tourism in Southwest Michigan and statewide,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The campaign successfully attracts millions of tourists each year to our state. These visitors come to experience Pure Michigan while also helping support thousands of Southwest Michigan families and small businesses.”

At the recent 2015 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, officials unveiled more than 44,000 panoramic photos taken by volunteers using the Google Trekker technology.

Introduced in 2012, the Street View Trekker is a backpack camera system worn by an operator. As the operator walks along trails, the camera on top of the backpack automatically captures and stitches images together to create the 360-degree panorama.

“As a result of this innovative technology and teamwork with tourism officials, the world now has access to seeing some of Michigan’s natural wonders,” Proos said. “Once more people see the breathtaking sights Michigan has to offer, they will decide to come here and witness them in person.”

Michigan sites such as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Mackinac Island join other natural wonders, including the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids, which are now available in the Street View feature of Google Maps.

For more information and to view the images, visit www.michigan.org/GoogleTrekker.

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Proos will be available later on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.