Take a Tree-Mendous Trip Around the World

Make like a tree and leave...on a trip to Sequoia and more with Street View!

By Google Arts & Culture

Rearing redwoods and stretching sequoias, the world is full of thriving forests. Click and drag to explore them using street view! Scroll on to discover 10 famous trees from around the globe...

General Sherman, California

This giant sequoia found, appropriately, in Giant Forest, California is the largest living tree in the world. Every year, thousands marvel at this wonder of nature, which carries on growing slowly and steadily.

That Wanaka Tree, New Zealand

This small, lonely willow stands a few metres off the shores of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. Set amongst a photogenic landscape, this tree has become so popular with photographers that it's become known simply as 'That Wanaka Tree'.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Sri Lanka

This sacred fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens of Sri Lanka was propagated from the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment. It was planted by King Devanampiya Tissa in 288 BCE, and today revered by Buddhists the world over.

El Drago Milenario, Tenerife

This enormous, ancient dragon tree is so striking that it's no wonder its found its way into the folklore and symbolism of the island of Tenerife. It's also amongst the largest and oldest of its species.

Major Oak, Sherwood Forest

The Major Oak is not only the largest oak tree in England, but perhaps its most famous. Folklore says that it was under the strong boughs of this tree that Robin Hood and his Merry Men slept. Certainly, many people have, as the tree is thought to be 1000 years old.

The Hardy Tree, London

Named after the writer Thomas Hardy, who, as a young architecture apprentice, was tasked with moving the gravestones in St Pancras churchyard to allow the building of the nearby train station, and built this almost artistic arrangement of stones.

Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree

As the legend tells, it was an apple tree at his parent's orchard that caused Isaac Newton to set out on a scientific discovery that lead to the theory of gravity. The original tree fell in a storm, but it has many descendants, including this small tree in the same orchard.

Cotton Tree, Freetown


The Cotton Tree of Freetown is said to mark the spot where in 1792 a group of former African American slaves landed following their journey across the Atlantic. They founded the city of Freetown, with the tree at its heart.

The Tree of Life, Bahrain

Trees are rare in the barren desert of Bahrain, in fact, as the only tree for miles around, it has become a landmark and popular tourist site. How exactly it remains luscious in the desert is unknown, and has led some to suggest it receives water from mystical sources.

Pando Aspen Grove

Sometimes, it's difficult to see the wood for the trees. In 1968, scientists discovered that this grove of 47000 aspen trees is actually one single organism, sharing a root system that covers 43 hectares and is an estimated 80,000 years old.

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Giant Sequoia Tree, Yosemite National Park, USA (2005-09-15) by Digital Vision.Getty Images

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