America's best bird's-eye view is from the Sandia Peak Tram, according to Readers Digest. The magazine named New Mexico's famous tram as the Best Bird's-Eye View in its America's 100 best list for 2007. You can preview ski terrain via the tram this fall.
The world's longest aerial tramway runs 2.7 miles to the top of 10,378-foot Sandia Peak. It's located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in the Sandia Foothills. The tram ascends 4,000 feet in about 15 minutes, over granite rock cliffs, spires, and pinnacles. The panoramic view — a mere 11,000 square miles —stretches from the Rio Grande Valley to Valles Caldera and Mt. Taylor nearly 100 miles away.
Passengers may hike Cibola National Forest paths, dine at one of two restaurants, visit the U.S. Forest Service Four Seasons Visitor Information Center, or mountain bike 26 miles of trails from the tram station at the top of Sandia Peak. The tram bypasses the half hour drive to the ski resort for skiers and boarders.