MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - Starting Wednesday, people from all over the world can explore some of Memphis' most beautiful tourist destinations through immersive, 360-degree imagery in Google Maps.
This was made possible by the partnership between The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and Google Maps, through a new program called the Street View Trekker Loan Program.
The Google Maps Street View Trekker is a 40-pound backpack with a camera system that allows the wearer to capture panoramic images from all types of locations, especially places that are only accessible by foot.
The images are then stitched together and made available on Street View.
Google expects people who may never travel to Memphis to get a virtual experience of places like Graceland, Shelby Farms, the Memphis Zoo, and Pink Palace.
"Through our partnership with Memphis CVB, which knows these places best, these local gems are now available on Google Maps for all to enjoy," said Deanna Yick, Google Street View Program Manager.
The technology provides an enhanced opportunity for visitors to connect with Memphis in a way that's new and innovative.
To check out the Memphis street views, click here.