This site features more than 11,000 interactive 360-degree panoramic photographs, all taken by G. Donald Bain. These amazing photographs show you exactly what it is like to be in a particular place - you can look in any direction, all the way around, even up and down. It's the next best thing to being there!
I began this project with the new millenium, in January of 2000. My aim is to document western North America (yes, all of it!) using the unique technology of interactive 360° panoramas. So far I have visited 29 states, provinces, and territories, in the US, Canada, and Mexico, and created over 13,000 of these unique panoramic photographs.
I travel widely and photograph whatever I think is significant in the landscape - primarily nature and history. I am making a special effort to document all the National Parks and other areas managed by the U.S. National Park Service and Parks Canada, as well as California and other state and provincial parks.
My panoramas are primarily landscapes, especially natural places of special beauty, but also agricultural areas and historic districts. There are a few particular subjects I make an effort to shoot - waterfalls, lighthouses, railroads, museums, and Spanish missions. Most western cities are represented with a few panoramas, but only San Francisco has been covered in detail. Since I live in California, my coverage is best in that state, but I have traveled north to the Arctic in Canada and Alaska (four times), northeast as far as Saskatchewan, east to the Missouri River, southeast to the Gulf Coast in Texas, south to the tip of Baja California in Mexico, and across the Pacific to Hawaii (eight times). You can get a good overall view of my geographic coverage from this map.
This new version of my website, with the name "Don Bain's 360° Panoramas", went on-line October 1, 2011, replacing "Don Bain's Virtual Guidebooks" which had been around since January 1, 2000. My panoramas were on the web even before that, beginning in October 1995, on the Geo-Images website at the University of California Berkeley.
New panoramas are added to this site continuously. To see what I have been doing recently refer to the Chronological List, which shows my trips and new panoramas day by day (work in progress may show as broken icons).
I am just beginning to make travel plans for 2015. I hope to make a long trip across the country to Florida early in the year, then revisit favorite places in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia in summer. In between those major trips I have many locations in California that deserve attention.
The 360° Panoramas Blog (formerly The Virtual Guidebooks Blog) is published now and then, with news and views about the website "Don Bain's 360° Panoramas".
The most interesting blogs in the last few years are those about my epic trip through Canada to Alaska in Fall 2010.
For older news and commentary see the Blog Archive