You get all of the views, but none of the sweat. Tramways are an excellent choice for anyone who doesn’t have the time (or just the calf muscles) to hike up a mountain, but still wants to enjoy those amazing mountaintop views. Alaska only has two tramways, but they’re both pretty popular—and they're convenient for anyone doing either a cruise or a land package. One tramway is in Girdwood, a short 45-minute drive south from Anchorage, and the other is in Juneau, a stop along most cruise-ship routes.
Take a five-minute ride from the cruise ship pier to the Mountain House,1,800′ up Mount Roberts, where the Chilkat Mountains, the Gastineau Channel, downtown Juneau, Douglas Island, and Admiralty Island spread out before you. Visit the gift shop, restaurant, live bald eagle display, and nature center. Check out the wildlife viewing platforms and follow the self-guided trail marked by Native totemic carvings for access to upper alpine hiking ...more
The Alyeska Resort’s Aerial Tramway is a seven-minute ride that lifts you to a viewing deck with breathtaking panoramic views of mountains, hanging glaciers, streams, spruce, and an array of wildlife. Enjoy a relaxed midday picnic or beautiful evening sunset on Mt. Alyeska’s observation deck, more than 2,000 feet above sea level. Telescopes intensify what Conde Nast Traveler Magazine rated the best view of any U.S. ski resort. Go exploring, ...more