Unless you're planning to travel across the icy Southern Ocean or deep into the Brazilian rainforests for your next vacation, you probably won't see Antarctica or the Amazon anytime soon. The same goes for the world's less remote places. Many of us, depending on location and circumstances, may never see Australia, Asia or even common European tourist attractions.

Though it's not exactly the same as being there, we can visit these areas and other amazing sites across the globe with Google Maps. More than just checking out satellite imagery, we can actually survey the land (or the sea) with Street View as if we're on foot (or boat or rail, as the case may be).

1. Tenryu-ji, Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

Tenryu-ji is one of the five great Zen Buddhist temples of Kyoto, established by Shogun Ashikaga Takauji in 1339. Via Street View, you can explore the grounds rich with history.

2. Tributary of the Rio Negro, Amazon River, Brazil

In August 2011, members of Google's Brazil and U.S. Street View teams captured ground-level images of the Rio Negro Reserve. As of March 2012, you can float down the Amazon River as if you're really there.

 

3. Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Google introduced underwater Street Views in September, allowing users to explore the sea. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the underwater attractions the service offers right now.

4. Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

Cape York Peninsula is one of the most remote areas of the world, and one of the largest areas of undisturbed wilderness.

5. Scott's Hut, Cape Evans, Ross Island, Antarctica

Scott's Hut and the surrounding area give Google Maps users an idea of how sparse the Antarctic continent is.

6. Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout, Netherlands

A UNESCO World Heritage site, these windmills represent the human effort to help drain and protect the surrounding environment. The hydraulic system was built in the Middle Ages and is still in working order.

7. Swiss Alps, Rhaetian Railway, Bernina-Albula, Switzerland

Check out the iconic Swiss Alps from across Lago Bianco in Switzerland. Google hooked a Street View camera onto the front of a train on the tracks of the Rhaetian Railway.

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