Earth is beautiful. Everyone agrees on that. Satellite images allow us to see our tiny blue planet from the heavens above. For decades, satellite images weren’t something an average Joe could access easily, but the times have changed.
For the last decade, Google has been feeding us gorgeous images of our planet which are accessible to everyone. You will need a desktop computer or a laptop, smartphone or any tablet on which you can install Google Maps or Google Earth. From the app, you will be able to enjoy beautiful images made by Google.
Once you’re done enjoying the view from the above, you’ll be able to zoom in on your own house or find the most beautiful places on Earth and explore them in detail from the comfort of your chair.
To help you get started, here are some of the most beautiful places you need to see from Google Maps. Of course, there are hundreds and thousands of other places to enjoy on the Earth. If you have a favorite one, please leave a comment and show us a satellite image of your liking.
Palm Jumeirah in Dubai
Dubai is one of those fascinated places which everyone dreams of visiting. The city transformed from a simple fisherman village into a metropolis you usually see on the big screen. There is plenty to see in Dubai, but one of the most amazing things you can see from the sky is Palm Jumeirah – it is an artificial island which construction started back in 2001. The palm is now home to different hotels, resorts and expensive houses for lucky owners. Don’t forget to zoom out and check out other man-made islands next to Palm Jumeriah.
Carved by the river of Colorado, Grand Canyon shows its beauty across 277 miles (446 kilometers). The famous canyon allows you to take a peak at 2 billion years history and it’s definitely something worth your time. Google Maps give you the chance to view every inch of the canyon.
Great Barrier Reef
If you open the map next to the coast of Queensland, Australia, you’ll be amazed by the Great Barrier Reef. This beauty consists of almost 3000 reefs and 900 individual islands and it can be viewed from space. Luckily, you don’t have to be an astronaut to enjoy the view but you can zoom in and out of Google Maps and explore every part of the famous coral reef.
The Lover’s island
This small island in Croatia has received worldwide attention after it was discovered in Google Maps satellite view. Unlike man-made islands in Dubai, this masterpiece is a playful creation by the all-mighty Nature. This small heart-shaped island is featured on numerous wallpapers and pictures; if you don’t have a chance to fly over it during a beautiful summer day in Croatia, take the coordinates and enjoy The Lover’s island from the comfort of your own home.
One of the most beautiful borders in the world comes in a form of a waterfall. To be more exact, Niagara Falls consist of three waterfalls which are located in between USA and Canada and are a popular tourist destination. Although you can’t replace the feeling you get standing next to tons and tons of water falling into a lake, you can enjoy the Google Maps view.
The world’s highest mountain has to be listed among some of the most amazing Google Maps locations. Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above the sea level, but once you open its location, you will see that the number isn’t only fascinated thing about it. The entire Mahalngur mountain range creates a beautiful image which everyone should see.
This coral-based archipelago can be used as a synonym for perfect beaches and a summer vacation. Clear blue water, sand, and palm trees which The Bahamas can offer are a dream resort for many of us. Although you can’t wet your feet in the beautiful waters surrounding The Bahamas, thanks to Google Maps, you can take a peek from a satellite view and enjoy the beautiful archipelago from the sky.
Alaska North Slopes
Alaska is known for its permafrost and it isn’t surprising that snow and ice cover the soil throughout the year. But if you zoom in Google Maps over Alaska North Slopes, you can see a beautiful picture which is painted by nature itself. As water flows to the sea through shallow braided streams, many pools and ponds are left behind. If you zoom in close enough, you will see that each of the tiny blue flecks are actually small lakes and water pools which are intruded by curving rivers. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Acraman Lake, Australia
Sometimes, when creating beautiful landscapes, nature needs a help from the above. These gorgeous images actually represent a crater which was carved by the meteor some long, long time ago. The crater, which is believed to be much larger than it is today, is filled with water and is known as Acraman Lake. The lake can be found in Southern Australia and it’s unquestionably a location you have to see on the Google Maps.
In the middle of nowhere, in the central Pacific Ocean, you can find the small Republic of Kiribati. As part of the republic, you can zoom in on Kiritimati, or better known as Christmas Island. This tiny raised coral atoll is the biggest of its kind in the world and it’s undoubtedly one of the places to be included on our list. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enter Street View to swim around the corals but you enjoy satellite imagery for hours.