| News |

Thanks to Google, You Can Dive-Bomb the Cherry Creek Mall

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Tech geeks have lately been calling Denver one of the most detailed 3D cities around. Probably thanks to Mapquest being based here (not to mention a new in-town Google office) our fair city has become one of the testing grounds for fancy new three-dimensional map environments. What does that mean for those of us who don't use hard-core mapping technologies in our daily lives? Nothing, save for the fact that we can turn the Mile High City into a video game!

That's right. Hidden inside the Google Earth program is a nifty flight simulator. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the program, hit Ctrl+Alt+A if you're using a PC (or Command+Option+A on a Mac) and you'll get to the option to cruise through the municipality of your choice in either a SR22 four-seater, or, for the Maverick wannabes out there, a F16 Viper. Then the sky's the limit. Take off from Denver International Airport, or, for those recklessly nostalgic for our city's original airport, try getting airborne from the Stapleton development. Then buzz the 16th Street Mall. Play chicken with the Cash Register Building. And wrap it up with a picture perfect landing in the middle of the Civic Center. If only our real morning commute could be this fun. -- Joel Warner

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.