Today, on the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, Google invites visitors to explore the most remote areas of these hallowed grounds in 360 degrees.
"The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks," which Google created with Stinkdigital, allows users to kayak amongst icebergs at the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, explore a lava tube in Hawaii's volcanoes, fly with bats at New Mexico's Carlsbad caverns, ride a horse through Utah's Bryce Canyon and swim through a coral reef at Florida's Dry Tortugas, among other excursions. As you take in each, a local park ranger enriches the experience with factoids and bits of history.
The effort is the latest of Google's Arts & Culture exhibits and is just one 360-degree themed celebration for the National Parks released today. Oculus, Nat Geo and Felix & Paul Studios also captured President Obama and the First Family in virtual reality from when they traveled through Yosemite on Father's Day.