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Google adds virtual visits to 32 Colo. hikes, tourist traps

Tamara Chuang
The Denver Post
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is one of many tourist locations recently mapped by Google. Virtual tours will be available for more than 30 sites starting Tuesday.
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Last summer, hikers with bizarre backpacks could be seen trekking the trails in the Garden of the Gods, climbing stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and peering at the gorillas in the Denver Zoo. Now we know why.

Google Maps sent the wanderers to places where no Google Street View car has gone before. On Tuesday, more than 30 virtual off-street tours of Colorado hiking trails and tourist attractions go live online, with much of the physical work done by employees of Visit Denver and Visit Estes Park, the city visitor bureaus.

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