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Google Maps update brings 1,001 new landmarks and locations

If you're not too impressed with the recent weather, visit Google's online Street View gallery and take virtual trip to any of the 1,001 new destinations the search giant has added to its mapping program.

Tour your next holiday spot, plot a hiking route, or just play armchair explorer in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America, all from the comfort of your home.

In a blog post, Google highlighted stops like the Fullerton Heritage Promenade in Singapore, the canals in Copenhagen, Brazil's Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, Roy Thompson Hall in Canada, and America's Vermont State House.

"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!" wrote Deanna Yick, Street View program manager.

Last month, Google unveiled a revamped version of Maps at its I/O developer conference; the update aims to make the search giant's mapping experience more personal, by incorporating the same technology that powers Google Now.

Street View, meanwhile, has continued to grow, expanding to 50 countries, developing an underwater version, and adding historic landmarks; the company expects its new collection of Galapagos Islands panoramic images to be available later this year.

Street View imagery is viewable online, or via the Google Maps app for Android and iPhone.

Google this week announced its acquisition of crowd-sourced traffic app Waze, but has not yet revealed how Waze might be integrated with Google Maps. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but earlier reports tipped the purchase at $1.3 billion (£831 million).