Visitors and locals can now view “off-road” footage online
(August 31, 2016) - Visit Spokane is pleased to announce the launch of Google Trekker in the Spokane region. Google Trekker is an online platform that is similar to Google StreetView. While StreetView virtually takes you to places by car, Trekker takes you to places that can only be accessed on foot.
Visit Spokane was chosen by Google to capture footage of the Spokane area. Spokane was one of the few destinations throughout the country that was selected by Google.
Last fall, Visit Spokane worked with local organizations and volunteers to “trek” areas throughout the Spokane region that cannot be seen on Google StreetView. These areas included parks, hiking trails, golf courses and university campuses.
To capture footage of the area, volunteers were required to wear a 50lb. backpack with a large 360 degree view camera on the top. The footage was then sent to Google for processing.
“We are so excited to have this footage to share with visitors and locals,” said Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO of Visit Spokane. “People hear about our outdoors, and now they may use Google Trekker to plan their adventure in advance. We hope this makes our recreational attractions even more accessible.”
To see the locations, search for a Spokane spot on Google, and then click StreetView (a highlighted area will appear on the screen that shows where the Trek took place). Below are a few specific links:
Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $947 million in 2015, providing jobs for more than 10,000 residents in the region.*
*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2015.