this week added more than 1,000 locations (1,001 to be precise) around the world to Google Maps
, with destinations ranging from sports stadiums to historical landmarks and everything in between. Each new locale was also the beneficiary of Google's Street View
photos, allowing you to zoom in and plot out your next adventure or simply explore the area(s) from the comfort of your home.
Whether this update was planned all along or falls into the "tit-for-tat" category, Google's expansion follows a massive update
by Microsoft to Bing Maps
, in which 270 terabytes (the equivalent of 100,000 DVDs) of "Bird's Eye" imagery was added. Bird's Eye imagery is captured at a 45-degree angle from low-flying aircraft.
In a blog post announcing the new Street View data, Google highlighted locales from around the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and here in the U.S.
"Whether you’re hitting the slopes in South America or soaking up the summer sunshine north of the equator, we hope you enjoy exploring the world!," Google said.