Israel National Trail welcomes virtual hiking enthusiasts on Google Street View

After finishing up a dive through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or ambling among Cambodia’s legendary Angkor Wat temples, trekking enthusiasts across the globe can now head out for a hike on the Israel National Trail – all from the comfort of their computer screens.

The 1,100-kilometer trail, which stretches from the country’s northern tip at Kibbutz Dan and winds southward all the way to Eilat, is the longest footpath ever to be photographed for the Google Maps Street View Trekker project.

Equipped with two 360-degree cameras strapped to their backs, some 250 volunteers from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and Google Israel took turns hiking the trail this summer – capturing panoramic images of the route over the course of nearly three months. Continue reading…

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