Google Maps Releases Street View of Trails throughout Lane County, Oregon Celebrating Tourism Week
Eugene, Ore. - Thanks to the Google Street View Trekker Loan Program, travelers can visit some of the best hikes Oregon has to offer from anywhere in the world. In celebration of National Tourism Week, Google Maps is making available the first batch of 25 hikes in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region on Google Maps for desktop, Android and iOS as part of a package of trails across the country.
Armed with Google Maps' Street View Trekker backpack, Travel Lane County staff hiked close to 200 miles in Lane COunty, OR last fall to add sites like Heceta Head Lighthouse, Salt Creek Falls and the McKenzie River Trail to Google's growing library of outdoor adventures.
"We wanted to highlight both popular trails and those that visitors might not have experienced yet," says Kari Westlund, CEO and President of Travel Lane County. "It was important for us to key in on waterfalls, river ways and scenic hikes. Many of these hikes are already approachable for most adventurers, but the fact that you can see the sights wherever you have your phone is a massive leap forward in accessibility!"
Over the coming weeks, the remainder of the trails from the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region will be loaded into Google's Maps and available on EugeneCascadesCoast.org/Trekker.
"Bringing Street View imagery from some of Oregon's most beautiful locations online is truly an honor," said Susan Cadrecha, Google Maps Communications Manager. "We hope that when people explore this imagery in Google Maps from their mobile phone that they are inspired to visit in person one day."
"As virtual reality starts to become more mainstream, it's becoming a cornerstone to have more immersive strategies in place to inspire visits," continues Westlund. "Bringing Oregon's iconic landscape to life just made sense with Trekker."
Find more details on the recently released trails on Google Maps' Lat and Long blog, and visit EugeneCascadesCoast.org/Trekker to find trails in Lane County.