Nature Valley Trail View-A Virtual Tour of US National Parks

Nature Valley Trail View gives an unprecedented interactive view of the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon national parks. Trail View is a Street View-style application that provides a virtual hiking tour of some of America's most amazing national park trails.

A First-of-its-Kind Project

It isn't very often that an agency team has to physically train to produce a client project. But that’s exactly what McCann’s General Mills team did to create "Trail View," a first-of-its-kind interactive experience that allows visitors on to virtually hike the trails of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Creating A Digital Experience of US National Parks

To capture 360-degree footage of nearly 60 trails, the team hiked 333 miles over three months, a challenge that required a different approach to pre-production than the average shoot! It included two grueling months of biking, hiking and running, working up to 50 miles a week, in order to endure the physical requirements of the production.

The effort began when the creative directors imagined applying Google Street View-style technology to hiking trails. Nature Valley is a long-standing supporter of America's national parks and this unprecedented digital platform allowed the granola bar maker to create a new brand experience.

The agency team partnered with editors from Backpacker magazine, who led the hikes, as well as with production company, InTheMo, and digital developer, Your Majesty.

Awards + Recognition

Since its debut in March 2012 at SxSW, McCann NY’s Nature Valley “Trail View” work has captured attention, fans and honors. These include a Gold in the 4A’s Jay Chiat Award program for Strategic Excellence, the industry’s most prestigious account planning award show. The work also won the Chairman’s Award/Best of Show at General Mills annual global awards show. And at Cannes, the work triumphed with two Gold Lions.


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