Where else can you see 9% of an entire state from one spot? On a clear day, that would be New Mexico, viewed from Sandia Peak. We were lucky to visit on such a gorgeous day since we saw far beyond from all sides.
Located just east of Albuquerque, Sandia Peak provides one of the most amazing views in the United States. New Mexico is famous for its beautiful mesas and desert landscapes; here’s your chance to see them. The best way to the top is through the Sandia Peak Tramway, a nearly three-mile (roomy) cable car trip up the slope that provides magnificent views above and below along the way. The Tramway brings you to a viewing platform over 10,000 feet up. It can be a little chilly at that altitude–even on hot summer days–so bring a sweater.
Enough with words. This post is better conveyed through pictures. Notice the cool cloud formations. Enjoy!
We love British Columbia. Maybe that’s evident from all the BC-related posts on this site. If you’re looking for something different and want to get away from civilization for a while, Callaghan Lake Provincial Park is the place to go. It’s not in the remote Canadian Arctic, but it’s far enough away to become one with nature for a while. It’s about a two-hour drive north of Vancouver, with a good chunk of that drive being on a gravel road–at least it was that way in 2009.
Be aware that there might not be much in the way of facilities. Maybe an outhouse, but that’s about it.
If you feel isolated and decide you need to connect with people again, Whistler, where all the 2010 Winter Olympics alpine events were held, is only an hour away. It’s an Aspen-like place. Basically, your typical ski village.