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Photos: 7 Beautiful Cable Car Rides

When transportation and tourism meet, it's a beautiful thing. From New York City to Rio de Janeiro, we've rounded up seven scenic cable car rides that deserve a spot on your travel bucket list.

  1. The Sugarloaf Mountain cable car system was built in 1912, turning Rio de Janeiro into a major tourist destination.

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  2. The Sugarloaf Mountain cable cars are able to carry up to 65 people at a time and offer two rides—first the 722-foot climb to Morro da Urca, then the 1,300-foot rise to the Sugarloaf Mountain summit.

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  3. Don't forget your camera—you'll have 360-degree views of Copacabana, Ipanema, Guanabara Bay, and get a peek of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.

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  4. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers 360-degree views of Cape Town, the Helderberg Mountains, Blue Mountain Beach, Sunset Beach, Devil's Peak, Camps Bay, Robben Island, Signal Hill and Lion's Head, the Cape Town Stadium, and the 12 Apostles.

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  5. Cable cars depart every 10-15 minutes and make the 3,559-foot climb up the 260-million year old Table Mountain in under five minutes.

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  6. More than 20 million visitors have taken a ride since the Cableway opened in 1929.

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  7. If you're feeling especially gutsy, Abseil Africa offers the opportunity to rappel down the side of Table Mountain, sure to be a memorable experience, if you're brave enough to do it.

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  8. Mt. Huangshan, (Yellow Mountain) boasts three cable car systems, carrying visitors to various scenic points on the mountain since 1986.

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  9. Hiking enthusiasts flock to the area's vast trail system with pine trees, streams, and jagged rocks on one side of the path and nothing but sheer cliffs on the other.

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  10. Visit hot springs, waterfalls, and unique rock formations like Lion Peak, the Flying Stone, Monkey Gazing at the Sea, as well as popular tree formations like Black Tiger Pine, Lovers' Pine, and Two Immortals Playing Chess, that the area is known for.

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)
  11. The Skyline Gondola Queenstown offers 220-degree panoramic views of some of New Zealand's best natural highlights, including Coronet Peak, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak, The Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu, as you rise 1,476-feet over Queenstown.

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  12. A variety of activities are available once you reach the top of Bob's Peak. Try a scenic nature walk or take advantage of one of the many area bike trails for beautiful panoramic views of the area.

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  13. Tickets cost $26 for adults and $15 for children, or you can pay $74 for a family pass for up to four people.

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  14. Stretching for more than 3.72 miles, the Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway in Switzerland is the longest in the world.

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  15. Opened to the public in 1978, the cableway was built to provide visitors with easy access to many hiking and skiing areas, and to cater to families wanting to get closer to nature.

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  16. The Roosevelt Island Tramway carries up to 125 people at a time and crosses 3,100 feet at 16 miles an hour, connecting Roosevelt Island to Manhattan in under five minutes.

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)
  17. Take a ride on the Roosevelt Island Tramway for stunning views of the Queensboro Bridge, the East River, and New York City's Upper East Side.

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  18. The Roosevelt Island Tramway is now a part of New York City's transportation system, making it the only commuter cable car in North America.

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  19. After crossing from Roosevelt Island, the Tramway leaves visitors at 2nd Avenue between 59th and 60th streets, allowing easy access to subways that connect you to the rest of the city.

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)
  20. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offers visitors a beautiful 2.5-mile ride through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, an area featuring rugged mountains, abundant wildlife, and magnificent vistas.

    (Courtesy bossco/Flickr)
  21. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was opened in 1963.

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  22. A number of hiking trails through Mt. San Jacinto State Park are available from the Mountain Station at the top of Chino Canyon. Free, guided nature walks are offered from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

    (Courtesy bossco/Flickr)

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