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Five Google Earth holiday destinations

Explore the seabed and, er, check out Mars

Google Earth is an excellent visual tool that lets you explore the world from your armchair. Check out our five favourite activities in Google Earth.

Hang out in Times Square

You can't help but be wowed by the Street View in Google Earth, in places where rendering is good. Choose Times Square to check out Google Earth's street view visuals at their best.

Type in 'Times Square' in 'Fly To'. Zoom in until you're at Street View. You'll see a bunch of globes along the street. Click on any of these to see a photo. Choose 'Show full screen'.

If you put your cursor to the top right, a thumbnail of the image appears next to the zoom slider. Choose the small square inside it and drag it left or right to see a 360 degree view of the spot the photo depicts.

View Fenway Park from the pitcher's mound

This one's for US baseball fans. Once the season has finished, you can tour Fenway Park stadium in Boston, home to the baseball team the Red Sox for $8 (£5.66). However, during the season, getting in to the stadium can cost anywhere between $20 (£14) to $125 (£88). Google Earth, on the other hand, lets you tour Fenway for free, and even stand on the pitcher's mound.

In 'Fly To', type 'Fenway Park'. You'll be offered 'Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA'. Click on that for an aerial view above the park.

Zoom in and explore the surrounding area (and photos), then zoom in until you're at street view and imagine that you're standing on the field. Use the 'look joystick' and the 'move joystick' to imagine you are one of baseball's pros, or click on one of the photo icons within the park to learn more about it.

See also: Pictures: Take the plunge with Google Ocean

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  1. From exploring the seabed to checking out Mars
  2. Explore Mars and Go on a sightseeing tour
  3. Hang out in Times Square and tour a baseball stadium

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