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TOP 15 AERIAL TRAMWAYS/GONDOLAS IN THE USA


Welcome to Bigroads.com's guide to the aerial tramways and gondolas of the United States!

The United States boasts some of the finest aerial tramways and gondolas in the world. Many of the US's top ski resorts open their best gondolas to summer travelers, while some other aerial tramways are year-round attractions in-and-of themselves. To help you make the most of your travel time, we have put together a opinionated list of what we believe to be the top 15 aerial tramways and gondolas in the United States.

This top 15 list is sorted alphabetically by state (and not by quality or rank). Please send us an email at gparsons66@hotmail.com if you believe we have missed any of the very best aerial tramways and gondolas in the United States.

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STATE TRAM / GONDOLA / CABLE CAR ELEVATION
GAIN
DURATION TOWN / CITY NOTES
Alaska Alyeska Aerial Tram 2,025 feet 4-minutes Girdwood starts @ Hotel Alyeska and climbs to 2,300 feet
California Heavenly Scenic Gondola Rides 2,740 feet 12-minutes South Lake Tahoe 2.4 mile ride to 9,100 feet; views of Lake Tahoe
California Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 5,873 feet 10-minutes Palm Springs 2.5-mile ride on the "world's largest rotating tramcar"
California Squaw Valley Aerial Tram Rides 2,000 feet 6-minutes Olympic Valley tops at High Camp (8,200 feet); 6 minute ride
Colorado Silver Queen Gondola 3,267 feet 14-minutes Aspen 2.5 mile ride tops at 11,212-foot summit of Aspen Mountain
Colorado Telluride/Mountain Village Gondola 1,790 feet 13 minutes Telluride free ride that links Telluride with Mountain Village
Georgia Stone Mountain Park Summit Skyride 825 feet 3 minutes Stone Mountain views of Atlanta and the southern Appalachian Mountains
Idaho Silver Mountain Resort Gondola 3,400 feet 19 minutes Kellogg North America's longest gondola @ 3.1 miles long
Montana Lone Peak Tram 1,450 feet 15 minutes Big Sky goes to the top of beautiful Lone Peak (11,166 feet)
New Hampshire Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway 34B 2,022 feet 10-minutes Franconia ends close to 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain
New Mexico Sandia Peak Tramway 3,819 feet 15-minutes Albuquerque 2.7 mile ride climbs to 10,378 foot Sandia Peak
Oregon Wallowa Lake Tramway 3,700 feet 15-minutes Joseph views of Wallowa Lake
Utah Snowbird Aerial Tram Rides 2,900 feet 10-minutes Snowbird 1.6 mile ride to 11,000ft summit of Hidden Peak
Washington Crystal Mountain Mt. Rainier Gondola 2,456 feet 12-minutes Pierce climbs to summit of Crystal Mtn; great views of Mt. Rainier
Wyoming Jackson Hole Aerial Tram 4,139 feet 15-minutes Teton Village rise from Teton Village to the top of Rendezvous Mountain

RUNNER-UPS: RIDES ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TOP 15 LIST

Here are a list of other great aerial tramways and gondolas in the United States that we considered for the top 15 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you know of any other other great aerial tramways or gondolas that we should be considering, either for this "runners-up" list or for the above top 15 list itself.

STATE TRAM / GONDOLA / CABLE CAR TOWN / CITY
Alaska Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway Juneau
California Mammoth Scenic Gondola Rides Mammoth Lakes
Colorado Breckenridge Gondola Breckenridge
Colorado Estes Park Aerial Tramway Estes Park
Colorado Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway Salida
Colorado Steamboat Scenic Gondola Rides Steamboat Springs
Colorado Vail Summer Gondola Vail
Minnesota Lutsen Mountains Tram Lutsen
New Hampshire Loon Mountain Gondola Skyrides Lincoln
New Hampshire Wildcat Mountain Scenic Gondola Gorham
New York Gore Mountain Scenic Gondola Rides North Creek
New York Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram New York City
New York Whiteface Summer Gondola Rides Lake Placid
Oregon Portland Aerial Tram Portland
Tennessee Gatlinburg Sky Lift Gatlinburg
Tennessee Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Gatlinburg
Texas Wyler Aerial Tramway El Paso
Utah Park City Scenic Gondola Rides Park City
Vermont Jay Peak Aerial Tram Jay
Vermont Killington Scenic Gondola Rides Killington
Vermont Stowe Mountain Resort Gondola SkyRide Stowe
West Virginia Hawks Nest State Park Aerial Tram Ansted
West Virginia Pipestem Resort State Park Aerial Tramway Pipestem


TOP 5 AERIAL TRAMWAYS & GONDOLAS IN THE UNITED STATES

Here are the five best aerial tramways and gondolas in the United States:

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Palm Springs, California)
Lone Peak Tram (Big Sky, Montana)
Sandia Peak Tramway (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Jackson Hole Aerial Tram (Teton Village, Wyoming)
Crystal Mountain Mt. Rainier Gondola (Pierce, Washington)




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