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Google Street View: 9 Spectacular Sights You Couldn’t See Until Now

Google Street View has been around since 2007, but the tech giant has recently expanded the service to capture spectacular images far-flung places, using some of the most advanced camera equipment in the world. (Drag your mouse on the map to take a look around.)

Ceremonial South Pole, Antarctica

Probably the closest most of us will get to the end of the earth, Google’s cameras were able to take in this view near the Geographic South Pole.

The Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

According to Lonely Planet, this ornate palace was built around the early 1900s and was home to Bogd Khan, last king of Mongolia and its eighth Living Buddha.

Playful Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Google Street View is now venturing under the seas as part of their Galapagos Islands trek, giving viewers a chance to observe local wildlife interacting in their natural habitat.

Mudslide Bridge, Everest, Nepal

Don’t look down! This precarious bridge is part of the Everest Base Camp Trek, connecting Lukla and Namche Bazaar in Nepal.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu, China

This non-profit research center, dedicated to protecting endangered giant pandas, is world renowned for its research.

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Peer through one of the towers of London’s iconic Tower Bridge, which has stretched across the Thames River since the late 1800s.

Redwood National Park, Orick, California

Some of the massive redwoods in Northern California’s Redwood National Park grow up to 400 feet tall, making it impossible to capture the entire tree in one image. 

Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil

Tannins produced by decaying rainforest vegetation are what turn the waters of the Rio Negro black. It is the largest tributary to the Amazon River. 

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

This spectacular pyramid was part of Chichen Itza, one of the largest cities of the Mayan civilization that thrived in Mexico before destruction by European settlers. 

Originally Published in Reader's Digest