Your tiny traveler has gone by boat, by plane and even by train. But by gondola? That’s an original that will earn her serious playground cred. After all, it’s not every day she gets to ride over rivers and rugged mountainscapes to find high altitude adventures like roller coasters, suspended slack lines and geyser-fueled splash pads. We found 12 awesome rides, so flip through to find your fave!

Mt. Rainier Gondola, Enumclaw, Wa

There are oh-so-many reasons families love riding the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain. In the winter, it’s all about the skiing. But in the summer, our favorite reason is bragging rights, plain and simple. If you stop in for a bite at the Summit House Restaurant, you can stake your claim on eating at the highest spot in the state. And that’s saying something. But whatever your reason for riding to the top, be sure to get in a round of disc golf, hike any of the many trails that branch off from the gondola stop, or even drop in on an interpretive walk to learn more about how the mountain came to be. There’s something for everyone up here!


photo: A. Longstreth

Which one looks like fun to you? Have you ridden one of our picks? Tell others about it in a comment. 

— Allison Sutcliffe