The top of Tzuk Beach, Israel National Trail. The silhouette of the cameraman taking shots of the footpath can been at the bottom of the frame. The top of Tzuk Beach, Israel National Trail. The silhouette of the cameraman taking shots of the footpath can been at the bottom of the frame. The top of Tzuk Beach, Israel National Trail. The silhouette of the cameraman taking shots of the footpath can been at the bottom of the frame. (Photo: Google)

Take a virtual hike along one of the most beautiful trails in the world

Google's Street View makes history by recording the 628-mile Israel National Trail.

The world's longest Google Street View footpath, and the first Google Street View project to run the length of an entire country, is now available for you to enjoy from the comfort of your computer.

Scenery shot along the Israel National Trail by Google for its Street View project.Scenery shot along the Israel National Trail by Google for its Street View project. (Photo: Google)

In May of last year, Google set out to record the Israel National Trail in its entirety, partnering with The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel to use its Google trekker backpack cameras to capture the scenery. It took about 250 volunteers, but earlier this week it finally went online.

The 628-mile footpath runs from Dan, at the northern tip of the country, south to Eilat, a resort city along the Red Sea, and was recently named one of the most beautiful hikes in the world by National Geographic.

The Israel National Trail offers much beautiful coastal scenery.The Israel National Trail offers beautiful coastal scenery. (Photo: Google)

“After intensive work, we are happy that the Israel National Trail now joins world-renowned heritage and natural sites such as the Loch Ness, Petra and Machu Picchu on Google Maps. We hope many more people in Israel and around the world will be exposed to the beauty of the Israel National Trail and the unique story of the country,” Google Israel CEO Meir Brand said in a press release.

Part of the trail runs along the Sea of Galilee.Part of the trail runs along the Sea of Galilee. (Photo: Google)

Google’s Street View project was launched in May 2007. The feature allows 360-degree navigable views of neighborhoods, historical sites, museums and public buildings. Since the project began, photographs have been taken of more than 5.5 million miles of roads around the world.

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Take a virtual hike along one of the most beautiful trails in the world
Google's Street View makes history by recording the 628-mile Israel National Trail.