4. On the Heavenly Mountain Gondola, visitors zoom 2.4 miles up a rocky, tree-covered incline, while catching stunning views of Desolation Wilderness, the Carson Valley, and a glittering Lake Tahoe. At the top, a network of hiking trails from beginner to advance awaits.
5. SkyTrail at Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California, travels a third of a mile through coastal redwoods, Sitka spruce, and Douglas fir, ending at Ted’s Ridge, where an observation deck offers views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding forest.
6. The Scenic Gondola Ride at Mammoth Mountain ascends 11,053 feet to the summit, which presents 360-degree views that stretch as far as 400 miles away. The summit is also home to the Eleven53 Interpretive Center, where visitors can learn about the region’s natural history.
7. At its highest point above the Silverado Canyon, Palisades Tahoe’s Aerial Tram lifts passengers some 550 feet above ground—about the height of the Washington Monument. High Camp, the tram’s endpoint, offers activities such as roller skating, hiking, and swimming (the pool is closed for summer 2022).