Billed as the world's shortest, steepest scenic railroad, this small car takes you from bottom to top of the bluff in Dubuque in just a few minutes. It's been around for a long time, so it's kind of creaky, yet I felt safe in it the entire time.
From the top, there's a magnificent view of the city, and at the bottom there are a few little shops in Cable Car Square.
At $2/roundtrip for adults and $1 for kids, with children under 5 free, it's an inexpensive way to see the city in a new way.
Open April-November from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.