With ski season wrapping up and the hopes of Spring weather just around the corner, we’re feeling a bit outdoorsy here at SniqueAway. Well, the “inside a comfortable, scenic gondola” kind of outdoorsy. Having featured a number of ski-area resorts, scenic gondolas always catch our eye (including the Stratton Gondola near the Stoweflake in Stowe, VT). So, naturally we’d like to point out some of our favorite non-hiking ways to traverse mountains and take in panoramic vistas nationwide.
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Silver Mountain (Kellogg, ID): Measuring in at more than 3 miles, the Silver Mountain Gondola earns its title as the longest gondola in North America, and travelers find 30 miles of renowned, downhill bike trails on either end. You just can’t beat a scenic, tram-ride break punctuating a day of wilderness cycling.
Mammoth Mountain (Mammoth Lakes, CA): Located in eastern California, the Mammoth Mountain gondola hoists visitors more than 11,000 to Mammoth’s peak for 400 miles of 360-degree views and a summit restaurant.
Telluride Gondola (Telluride, CO): As the main connection between the alpine enclaves of Telluride and Mountain Village, the Telluride Gondola doubles as a convenient public transit machine. Although we bet you’ve never enjoyed 10,500-foot-altitude views from a subway.
Mt. Washington Cog Railway (Bretton Woods, NH): Okay okay, it isn’t exactly a gondola. But as the only uphill train in the eastern U.S., the Mt. Washington Cog Railway is a summer staple for New England travelers. And with a 150-year history, this 3-mile ride boasts a storied past as well.