These Are the World's Coolest Tram Rides

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Blaine Harrington III

These cable cars make getting from here to there a scenic, adrenaline-pumping adventure.

Telluride Gondola, Colorado

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One of America’s best ski towns offers one very cool public transport option: a 13-minute scenic tram ride between Telluride and Mountain Village, all for free—and that’s been the price since it opened in 1996. Hop aboard in either town and kick back while the alpine splendor drifts by at a leisurely 11 mph on your way to the Station San Sophia midway point (elev. 10,500 feet). In winter, grab a free blanket and bring gear for ski trails; in warmer months, get off at San Sophia to hike or bike and keep a lookout for elk, coyote, and bears ranging below. Fall offers especially spectacular leaf-peeping from the eight-person glass bubbles. visittelluride.com

These Are the World's Coolest Tram Rides

Telluride Gondola, Colorado

One of America’s best ski towns offers one very cool public transport option: a 13-minute scenic tram ride between Telluride and Mountain Village, all for free—and that’s been the price since it opened in 1996. Hop aboard in either town and kick back while the alpine splendor drifts by at a leisurely 11 mph on your way to the Station San Sophia midway point (elev. 10,500 feet). In winter, grab a free blanket and bring gear for ski trails; in warmer months, get off at San Sophia to hike or bike and keep a lookout for elk, coyote, and bears ranging below. Fall offers especially spectacular leaf-peeping from the eight-person glass bubbles. visittelluride.com

Blaine Harrington III
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