Boston’s FlipKey, an online vacation rental marketplace, just released a new virtual walking guide of Boston, a first in what the company plans to be a series of virtual tours of key interest points in major vacation destinations.
FlipKey was founded by Jeremiah Gall, T.J. Mahony, and Carl Query in 2007 (and was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2009) to be the “go-to” site for vacation rentals.
The site leverages guest reviews for rental properties whose owners/managers must be verified by the company before their rentals can be featured on the site. FlipKey features over 300,000 rental properties in 179 countries.
The goal of the virtual walking tour was to create a way for vacation seekers to get a good grasp of must-see locations and tourist sites in any given city. Being local, they obviously started with Boston.
The outcome is pretty impressive. The company used Google Street Views to, as a spokesperson for the company said, “create a unique experience for our travelers by giving them an on-the-ground feel for a destination before they actually visit to better assist them in planning their vacation.”
The tourist spots on the Boston map, including Fenway Park, the USS Constitution, the Boston Public Library, among others, were hand-picked by FlipKey’s travel experts “based on historical significance.”
Take the virtual tour for a spin. The experience feels real enough that you might get the urge to pop into the Warren Tavern for one of their classic cheeseburgers and a cold beer.
You can access the Boston Interactive Guide here.