Check out natural features in Google Earth

Check out your favorite hiking trails and ski routes before you get there or find out the elevation of your favorite mountain or canyon.

Turn on 3D viewing of terrain

In computer versions of Google Earth & Earth Pro, you can turn 3D viewing on or off any time.

In Google Earth apps for mobile devices, 3D viewing is automatically turned on.

Windows & Linux
  1. On your computer, open Google Earth.
  2. Click Tools > Options.
  3. On the “3D View” tab under “Terrain,” check Use 3D Imagery.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the left-hand panel under “Layers” > ”Primary Database,” check 3D Buildings.
Mac
  1. On your computer, open Google Earth.
  2. Click Google Earth > Preferences.
  3. On the “3D View” tab under “Terrain,” check Use 3D Imagery.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the left-hand panel under “Layers” > ”Primary Database,” check 3D Buildings.

Search for a natural feature

When you have 3D viewing turned on, you can search for a place, such as the Grand Canyon or Mount Everest.

See the elevation and coordinates

After you’ve navigated to the place you want to see, the longitude, latitude, and elevation will show up in the lower right corner of the screen.

Learn more about displaying coordinates on the globe.