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!

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs, Ca

Beat the heat of the southern California desert on the world’s largest rotating tram car. That’s right, this baby spins around so you don’t miss any of the views as you make your way up Chino Canyon in Mt. San Jacinto State Park. At the top, it’s hiking over 50 miles of trails and snowball fights (usually) for all! It’s also a great spot to dine at 8,516 feet. Choose quick and easy eats at the cafeteria-style Pines Cafe or sit down for a side of jaw-dropping Coachella Valley views alongside your dinner at the Peaks Restaurant before heading back down to the heat of the valley. This is one refreshing ride!


photo: courtesy Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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

— Allison Sutcliffe