Today we woke up a little early in Amarillo, Texas. Had some complimentary breakfast (fruit loops, rice crispies, biscuits & gravy, oatmeal, fruit, etc), drove through the local Starbucks, and got on the road. Just a little FYI for all you future road trippers – Coffee = not good for long drives. I think we stopped like 4 times in less than 2 hours.
Our goal this day was to get into Albuquerque, New Mexico for lunch, and then to Flagstaff for dinner and to our hotel, which Jen had pricelined for us. Well we were doing pretty good despite the aforementioned coffee “breaks”. When we got into Albuquerque, we saw a sign that read “Longest Tram in the World”, we were like, “How can we possibly pass that up?”. So I crossed about 5 lanes of traffic and we were on our way with NO idea what to expect.
We headed down Tramway Road as Jen navigated via our atlas. What we came to was pure awesomeness! A Swiss style gondola ride to the top of a 10,000 foot mountain that overlooked all of New Mexico. After a 15 minute ride up, we ate lunch at the top & played in the snow – it was COLD & WINDY! But we got some great pics! If you’re ever in that area, we highly recommend visiting the Tramway at Sandia Peak!
Here’s what you can expect:
A trip on the worldâ€™s longest aerial tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles.Â See some of natureâ€™s more dramatic beauty unfold before you.Â At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.Â Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in the Sandia Foothills at the end of Tramway Road.
So we got about an hour behind our schedule but it was TOTALLY worth it! We got back out on the road towards Flagstaff, Arizona. What was working in our favor was that we crossed 2 time zones this day.
We arrived in Flagstaff at about 7pm, checked into a WAY better hotel than the night before (Radisson), and went right down to the old town area to look for a place to eat. We found the “Beaver Street Brewery” on, you guessed it: Beaver Street. It was great! Some awesome pizza & salad & local beer. We both highly recommend this place – if you’re in Flagstaff, check it out. Headed back to the hotel and crashed… well sort of.