When it comes to travel, you’ve probably heard the expression, “getting there is half the fun.” Whether by plane, train, automobile or beyond, keep the fun going with some of our favorite ways to get from here to there.
GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer
With its glass-domed coaches, the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf service offers passengers sweeping panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies. The route affords plenty of photo opportunities, as the train passes by majestic peaks, secluded alpine lakes and green pine forests at photo-friendly speeds.
Also called “cliff railways,” these trolley-like vehicles carry riders up steeply sloped tracks using a counter-balanced pulley system. Today, funiculars can be found the world over, integrated into urban public transportation systems and built on the sides of hills and mountains.
Steeped in romance and history, the gondola is one of Venice’s most recognizable icons. Specifically developed to navigate the city’s intricate network of canals, this streamlined boat was once the primary form of Venetian public transport.
Hot air balloon
See the expansive Australian Outback from high up in the clouds on a sunrise hot air balloon ride, which is a whole new way to sightsee. The wake-up call may be early, but the photo ops (and post-ride champagne breakfast) are worth it.
Originally designed as a man-drawn cart, the rickshaw can trace its roots back to 19th-century Japan. Today, pedal-powered versions of this unique carriage—known as pedicabs and velotaxis—can be found in many major world cities.
Have you ever taken one of these forms of transportation? Tell us about it in the comments!