Floating Above: Views From Aerial Trams
Collected by Joseph Cyr , AFAR Local Expert
Aerial trams, gondolas, cable cars—whatever you call them, they're always worth the ride. Float, fly, glide above—some of the most memorable views hang from a wire.
Piz Gloria, 3825 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
From the Lauterbrunnen Valley south of Interlaken, you can take a series of cable cars up to the peak of the Schilthorn, across from the Jungfrau massif in the Bernese Alps. Silent, effortless, costly, and worth every Swiss Franc, you float up...
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
This is a must-do if you're in Palm Springs! The Aerial Tramway takes you to an elevation of 8500 feet with spectacular views of the Coachella Valley. Once you're at the top, hike through Mount San Jacinto State Park. It's gorgeous! Note: The...
30 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122, USA
The Sandía Mountains rise to over 10,000 feet behind Albuquerque. From the top, the view over New Mexico is unparalleled: on a clear day, your eyes can take in eleven thousand square miles--almost one-tenth of the state! The quickest way up is the...
South Korea, Gangwon-do, Sokcho-si, Seorak-dong, Seoraksan-ro, 833
About 25 miles north of the site of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics is Seoraksan National Park. These mountains along Korea's East Coast are a hiker's paradise in all seasons, studded with architectural and religious highlights. Sitting,...
3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
The tram gives Portland visitors stunning views of the city, river, and mountains beyond. Grab the streetcar from downtown out to the waterfront. You're delivered to the lower terminal for the three-minute ride carrying you 3,300 feet at 20 MPH to...
Carr Braulio Carrillo, San José, Guápiles, Costa Rica
If you've walked through a Costa Rican rain forest, you've undoubtedly seen plenty to capture your interest: one or more of the country's 1,400+ orchid species, brilliantly plumed birds, maybe even one of the elusive mammals so strange in...
Tram Cir, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
Ascending 617 meters (2,024 feet) in elevation to the top of Mount Alyeska from a starting point at the Hotel Alyeska, the resort's aerial tram runs at half-speed in the summer, giving riders a seven-minute journey during which they can enjoy...
Main St, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044, USA
A little known gem in NYC is the Roosevelt Island Tram. Swipe your metrocard and hop onto this lovely basket to cross the east river. Enjoy stunning views of midtown, and chat with the tram conductors :) Follows the same path as the f train, but...
16 Gogebashvili St, Batumi, Georgia
Gondolas always manage to fuse transportation and a sense of fun, and this one—opened in 2013—is no exception. Take in sweeping panoramas that include Batumi’s church spires, quaint rooftops and curving shoreline during the 10-minute ride from the...
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The city's very own mountain soars above the Downtown core, just 20 minutes drive away from town. If you're feeling active try the 'Grouse Grind', a punishing 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother...
Sollivegen 12, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
The summit of Mount Storsteinen towers 421 meters over the island of Tromsøya, offering unparalleled views of Tromsø's stunning arctic setting. The cable car is the fastest and easiest route up and down the mountain for skiers,...
Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
I'm sure you've seen many pictures of this famous big buddha in Hong Kong. This picture is particularly special to me as I took this trip with my whole family, extended aunts, uncles and all, gathering from all parts of the globe. My mom told me...
Tafelberg Rd, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
This was one of the best highlights of our trip to Cape Town. We could not go the day before because of the windy conditions, so we postponed it for the next day. We are so glad that we did because when the cable car made it to the top, the clouds...
10 Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
Take in 360-degree vistas of Christchurch's stunning surroundings, from the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps to the Lyttelton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula, via this 10-minute cable-car ride that ascends 862 horizontal meters (2,830 feet) to...
6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia
From the Skyrail Terminal just north of Cairns, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has six-person cable cars which take travelers on a jaw-dropping eight-kilometer (five-mile) ride above World Heritage–listed rain forest to the highland village...
Red Sands Road, Gibraltar, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
Put the Rock into perspective by taking the six-minute cable car trip up to the top. At 412 meters above sea level, you'll find stunning vistas and Gibraltar’s most famous residents, the Barbary apes. Keep your camera and your hands to yourself—...
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