A change in perspective can give you a different view of a very known-place. Be it a car ride or a train ride. The same views flash in front of our eyes. Ever fancied a cable car ride? Thrilling yet safe, it is the perfect option to explore if you want to go all out. If you want a change of pace and have a birds-eye view of the world, then now is the time. Have the time of your life and be ready to take in the fresh air and the wind when you soar high above the sky. Check out the best cable car rides in the world that should be added to your bucket list.
1. The Ngong Ping 360 cable car
Connecting the Tung Chung and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, this journey should be everyone’s bucket list idea. One of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong, the average ride, provides a spectacular view from all sides. But the best part is upgrading to the crystal cabins, which has transparent floors. The bright glass floors offer a complete 360-degree view from all sides, above and below. Landmarks such as North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea, and Hong Kong International Airport can be spotted in this 25-minute cable car ride. This is the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia and comprises of a truly remarkable journey among some of the touristiest landmarks across Hong Kong.
2. Mérida Cable Car, Venezuela
The world’s highest (at 4,756-metre) and second-longest cable car promise a unique journey from Mérida to Espejo Peak. Built-in the 1960s, this scenic journey provides a panoramic view of the city below. It’s the must-have ride in your bucket list if you are an adventure seeker. Spanning seven countries in South America and set in the backdrop of the majestic Andes Mountain, it is as thrilling as it is dangerous. But don’t worry, oxygen facilities come in handy. But the journey makes the risk worth it.
3. Ba Na Hills Cable Car, Da Nang, Vietnam
The longest cable car ride in Vietnam comes with its own stock of breathtaking views. Connecting the foot of Ba Na Mountain with the peak of the neighboring Vong Nguyet, the journey is absolutely delightful. Picturesque and serene, verdure springs out from every corner of this pleasant ride. Also featuring the largest departure station, built in the style of a French Château, this is a ride to take with your family. Starring in the Guinness World Records, it offers choices of 86 cabins that are open-air, enclosed, or glass-encased to take the ride in. Located in a region famous for its serene atmosphere, areas of historical significance, and museums, this is a place everyone will love.
4. Cabrio cable car, Switzerland
The Cabrio cable car carries you across Lake Lucerne in a “double-decker” car, where thirty people can sit on the top and the same amount at the bottom of the cable car. The open-top car carries you from a station to Mount Stanserhorn. The views are, of course, magnificent and awe-inspiring, but the real thrill of the ride is the feeling of the wind in your hair while you enjoy the spectacular view. If you want to make the most of the picture, you can enjoy your time at the Rondorama revolving restaurant. Both thrilling and romantic, it is a must take with your beloved or your family.
5. Tianmen Mountain, China
Set amidst the backdrop of the dramatic mountains in the Hunan province in China, the cable car in the Tianmen Mountain, China is every thrill-seekers rite of passage. The visitors test their fear of heights by traversing a 1,400-metre-high Cliffside walkway. It also boasts of the world’s longest cable car ride, taking a total of thirty minutes to travel the incredible 7 Km with a sharp 37 Km drop at the end. You can look down to see the pristine forest-covered valley and the winding 99 bends road that leads to the Tianmen cave, a hole in a wall of rock, also known as Heaven’s door.
6. Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro
Few places in life can parallel the full windswept and mesmerizing view of this lush green area. The towns and favelas are nestled amidst verdant peaks, sandy beaches, and a luxurious and long coastline. If you want a panoramic view of this one, be sure to check out this cable car ride. Rio’s most popular tourist destination visited by more than 37 million people since it was opening in 1912.
7. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, USA
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is one for the world record. Looking straight out of a movie, this scenic ride is the world’s largest rotating (yes, you read it right, ROTATING) cable car. Often considered as a “historical civil engineering landmark” (of course), it is a one-of-a-kind experience. Covering famous landmarks like the Chino Canyon, Mount San Jacinto state park and hiking trails, it is perfect for everyone. Feel the California sun and the dramatic landscape with this ride.
8. Peak2peak Gondola, Canada
It is the only one that connects two mountain peaks. Within 11 mins one can travel between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. This is the world’s longest unsupported span for a cable ride. Both regular and glass-bottom cabins are available to take advantage of the full view of sleeping glaciers, a plethora of colorful wildflowers, and verdant forests. Try the delicate cuisine and exquisite wine available and enjoy the view from the top with some exuberant music.
9. Titlis Rotair, Mount Titlis, Switzerland
As we mentioned a while ago, it is a rotating gondola, the world’s first, in fact. Visitors travel to the top of Mount Titlis in a jiffy, over 3,020 meters in just over five minutes. Covering one of Europe’s most massive glaciers and explore an ice cave. Be ready to be swept off your feet in this thrill-inducing journey and see Switzerland like never before.
So, before, saying a final goodbye to your life why don’t you go for a cable car ride once?