Go from the sea to the sky with this fantastic gondola ride in Squamish, 40 miles (65 km) from Vancouver. Opened in May 2014, the Sea to Sky Gondola is an incredible attraction, sure to amaze even the most hardened traveler. And it’s in Squamish, which CNNMoney.com has called the top mountain town to visit in North America. Get lifted to the top of the mountain for soaring views of the coniferous-forest-clad mountains.
Start your Squamish sea-to-sky journey at the gondola’s Basecamp, where there’s a café, a children’s play area and a shop. Step into the Sea to Sky Gondola and prepare to be wowed by the views. Soar 2,900 feet (880 m) above sea level to the top of the mountain and have your camera ready for the views. See the magnificent Howe Sound fjord, Shannon Falls and the huge Squamish Chief Mountain on the way up, and gawk at the coniferous forest covering the mountains in the the surrounding area. Once at the top, take your time strolling across the Sky Pilot suspension bridge, a 330-foot (100-m) span offering 360-degree views of the mountains and fjord below. Can’t get enough of the views? Linger on the 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) viewing platform for even better views. And if all that sightseeing builds up an appetite, stop at the Summit Lodge Restaurant or the Summit Tea House for a snack (own expense) before making the descent in the gondola.