Google Releases Street View for Washington DC (Just in time for the election!)

Google has released Street View imagery for Washington, DC (also Seattle and Baltimore – see below) just in time for the 2008 presidential election! Here’s a shot of the National Monument:

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Unfortunately no close-ups of the White House or the Capitol Building. But, here’s a view of the US Capitol Building:

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There is also new Street View imagery for Seattle and Baltimore. Here is the Space Needle in Seattle:

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As usual, the new imagery is simultaneously available in Google Maps and Google Earth. Read here for tips on viewing Street View imagery in Google Earth. The Google Earth viewing is more immersive and you can compare the views to the surrounding 3D Buildings.
Thanks to a tip from GEB reader Kristoffer who was first to make me aware of the update when he spotted the Street View camera icon over DC. And, here is the Google LatLong post about the new Street View imagery.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. While their is no close up of the Capitol, their is a close up of the Library of Congress

  2. ernie camacho says:

    I’m still trying to understand why Street View images are low-res in some areas and high-res in others. Most of the new European imagery is much sharper than, say, downtown NYC. Now, looking around Seattle, I may have a clue. If you look at downtown Seattle, or at some of the other outlying commercial areas, you’ll see high-res. If you look at the outlying residential areas, it’s lower-res.
    I’m sure they’re using the same cameras all over Seattle. It must be that post-production, they’re reducing the resolution of some less-popular areas to maybe save storage space on their survers? But then, why is NYC not as high-res as, say, Paris?

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