Winter 2007

Featured Website

Coastal Access Guide

Driving around the Great Lakes? This new Web site is for you. Promoting the cultural or natural attractions along Great Lakes coasts? This site is for you, too.

For tourists, the site shows where to pull off the state and federal highways of the Great Lakes Circle Tour to explore coastal parks and beaches, lighthouses, shipwrecks and other cultural and natural attractions. “Hot links” on interactive maps connect to other Web sites offering more information about each attraction. More than 200 panoramic photos show locations with public access and/or water views.

For those involved in Great Lakes coastal tourism, the site demonstrates how geospatial and Web technologies can pull together information from disparate sources. The site employs Google Maps, Google Earth, and other interactive map viewers to display categories of attractions. It also describes the Great Lakes Circle Tour, explains the technology behind the Web site, and offers links to related Web sites.The site was built with funding from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to demonstrate possibilities for supporting cultural tourism and exploration of coastal attractions.

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