The tram takes only 6 minutes to whisk passengers from tourist-clogged Franklin Street to the clear air and overwhelming views at the tree line (1,760 ft.), a destination that used to require a day of huffing and puffing to witness. The tram can be crowded; once you're up there, the beauty hits you. The Alaska Native owners seem to understand that, and they have built a network of alpine paths that take advantage of the views. If you're energetic, you can start a 6-mile round-trip hike to Mount Roberts's summit (at 3,819 ft.), or you can hike the 2 1/2 miles back to downtown. At the top, you'll also find a film on Tlingits culture, a gift shop, and a bar and grill serving lunch and dinner. We would choose something else to do on a day when fog or low overcast obscures the view, however, especially considering the high price.