Google’s 3D is not just for cities

Google has been rolling out 3D imagery for over three years. The focus has been almost entirely on centres of population. However, there are a few places where Google has mapped interesting geographical features rather than centres of population. Today we are featuring the main ones we are aware of.


Hoover Dam, Colorado River, Arizona/Nevada. We featured this when looking at Google Earth Pro’s Movie Maker feature


Sassolungo Mountain Group, Italy


Arches National Park, Utah (screenshot is not actually in the park but within the same 3D area)


A section of The Grand Canyon has 3D imagery. The rest of the Grand Canyon already has fairly high resolution terrain that is not part of the 3D imagery.


The Grand Canyon Skywalk


Zion National Park, Utah


El Capitan, Yosemite National Park and surrounding area. El Capitan also has vertical Street View.


Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


Crater Lake, Oregon

For the locations featured in this post, download this KML file. For a complete map of all areas covered with 3D download this KML file.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Thanks for this helpful information, particularly as these non urban sites appear not to be shown by the yellow triangle symbols in the the 3D cities layer of Voyager, which is odd.

    As the post mentions, 3D imagery continues to roll out, and a recent addition is Edinburgh in Scotland, a historic city with stunning topography and buildings really suited to 3D imagery.

    • The voyager layer also has some major cities missing (eg Kansas City). Sao Paulo, Brazil also came out in 3d today.

  2. There’s also the Bryce Canyon, and also quite a bit of Montserrat mountain, in Catalonia.

  3. Sadly, someone has erased the very helpful cities list in the Wikipaedia page about Google Earth 3D Augogenerated. Someone knows where to find this list?

    Other natural areas spectacularly shown with autogenerated 3D are Bryce Canyon and a bit of Montserrat mountain in Catalonia.

    • I’m in the midst of a Wikipedia dispute about that. I’ve made some contributions to that table but more experienced Wikipedia editor thought it was too big and out of line with Wikipedia’s mission as an encyclopedia. Several others tried to restore and and admins removed it and there was a back and forth. Now the page is protected from edits. I don’t know if the table will come back. Check this page out though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Google_Earth

      • Thanks Ryan, I hope this great list ends somewhere where it could be checked. Anyway, there’s a new area, the english coast arround Eastbourne & Hastings.

  4. Regarding the caption on the first photo: The Hoover Dam is on the Colorado not in Colorado. It’s on the Arizona/Nevada border

  5. We´re still waiting 3D in Antofagasta, as in the rest main cities of Chile.



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