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Kansas City’s attractions get a new Google spotlight

The Visit KC staff used Google Trekker gear to get the view around the Christopher S. Bond Bridge.
The Visit KC staff used Google Trekker gear to get the view around the Christopher S. Bond Bridge.

Kansas City has picturesque sites from Brush Creek and the Country Club Plaza to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and breathtaking views from the Liberty Memorial and other prime perches. Starting Wednesday, people around the world will be able to “visit” them online.

Google, through its Trekker Loan Program, has lent intrepid partners around the world the camera equipment they needed to capture images from such places as the El Capitan rock wall in Yosemite, the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower.

In Kansas City, the convention and tourism promoters at Visit KC were Google’s “feet on the street,” said Derek Klaus, Visit KC’s senior communications manager. And the images they gathered around town now can be seen on Google’s Street View site.

Google already had photos posted from most of those sites, but the Trekker cameras add panoramic views — one more tool Visit KC can use in marketing and promoting the city, and one more way locals and prospective visitors can explore the area or remember places they’ve been.

Greg Hack: 816-234-4439, @GregHack

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