Michigan has been selected as the first Midwest state to partner with Google on making photos of travel destinations available through Google Maps.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Travel Michigan Vice President David West and Steve Silverman from Google Maps announced the partnership Monday at the Michigan Tourism Conference in Grand Rapids.
The partnership between Google and Pure Michigan will make attractions such as Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore viewable online through Google Street View with 360 degree imagery.
More than 44,000 panoramic photos were taken last fall by members of the Pure Michigan team and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The images were captured using Google Trekker, a backpack system with a camera on top.