Idaho Launches 3D Virtual Tourism System

New mapping system enhances online capabilities

The Idaho Division of Tourism has launched a new 3D virtual tourism system, the SiteSeer3D™, that will enhance tourism websites throughout the state with 3D mapping.

At the heart of this system is an online database that generates content for the state’s flagship site, The site provides information on recreation, lodging and events throughout Idaho to consumers and links to tourism businesses and local chamber websites. With this enhanced technology, visitors to the site will be able to see aerial imagery of the particular tourism attraction or hotel they are searching for.

As a result of an economic development grant from Avista Corporation, the system will include very high resolution aerial imagery for areas that have not previously been available.

“Maps are the most popular feature on,” said Karen Ballard, Administrator for the Division of Tourism. “The SiteSeer3D™ virtual tourism system gives context to our tourism industry and leverages the state’s investment in tourism-related information.”

Because of its rich content, this system is expected to drive more visitors to tourism websites throughout Idaho. The content available in 3D includes:

• 3,000 attractions and events
• 30,000 points of interest
• 1,600 campgrounds and parks
• 17,000 miles of hiking and biking trails
• 6,000 miles of snowmobiling trails
• 400 boating sites

Idaho is home to thousands of miles of biking trails, mountains to climb, lakes to fish, 17 ski resorts and more whitewater than any other state in the lower 48.