Google gives streetview to remote Michigan hotspots

Some of Michigan's remote hot spots are now accessible for exploration on Google Maps. 

It's thanks to a partnership between Google and Pure Michigan, which was unveiled Monday at the Michigan Tourism Conference.

Using Google Trekker technology, attractions such as Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore now have 360 degree, fully navigable imagery. These locations were not previously accessible on Google Street View. 

"This technology is an excellent way to introduce people to Michigan's outstanding natural and cultural resources," said Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh. "Showcasing these exceptional places through Google Trekker will allow people everywhere to see what residents of our state already know: the beauty and wonder of Michigan rivals any place on earth."

Introduced in 2012, the Street View Trekker is a backpack system with a camera on top that is worn by a walker who go along walkways or trails. In our case, the Trekker was also worn by kayakers.  

More than 44,000 panoramic photos were taken by members and volunteers on the Pure Michigan team and the Department of Natural Resources. They borrowed the Trekker and traveled for four weeks. 

Here are some of the views: 

Atop the mackinac Bridge

Arch Rock on Mackinac Island

On the porch at the Grand Hotel

PHOTOS: You can click through more photos in the photo gallery above
App users tap here. 

Google's partnership with Pure Michigan is the first state-wide Trekker Loan partnership in the Midwest. These Michigan sites join other natural wonders, including the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids, the Galapagos Islands and many more available in the Street View feature of Google Maps. 

Online: www.michigan.org/GoogleTrekker

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