Google Earth - Explore, Search and Discover
Website - Freeware
Some of my friends have told me that this program is awesome. Here's a review from Brett confirming that. Thanks Brett, and say hi to Mathew for us.
Earlier today I downloaded Google Earth and Matthew (my 11 year old) and myself have been running it through its paces over the last hour or so. Google Earth is a program that allows you to easily view images of different areas of the planet, zoom in on towns or cities, search for specific location such as schools and restaurants, get driving directions and a host of other data and even bookmark certain places so you can easily return.
Google Earth uses satellite and aerial images combined with maps and Google’s exceptional search capabilities to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
This really is an awesome piece of software! It is educational as well as a lot of fun.
Please note that Google Earth may not run properly on older computers. Make sure you read the system requirements to find out if your machine is up to the job before you download the program.
Quote from the website - Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.