Yes, if I use google maps to check out my street, they look ok, but are somewhat lacking in detail and do not cover the next block over. Still very cool. But take a look at these amazing street views.
This would be a great site to use to drop you and your students right into an area you are studying. Just amazing. The picture in the post is one I took while rafting the Grand Canyon this summer. We climbed out, hiking the Bright Angel Trail and looking at the Grand Canyon map really took me back. In fact my legs hurt just looking at it.