Spending your next vacation in the mountains can be the adventure you need. You might test your endurance, yet the mountains will have every natural sight you could dream of. As you hike up mountain trails, you can stop and marvel at fields of flowers, or wonder at the many animals around you. Here are 10 amazing international mountain destinations you might pick for your next mountain adventure:
1. Interlaken, Switzerland – Icy Peaks
Interlaken is an ideal location for a mountain vacation. While captivated by the city’s charms, you’ll also feel inspired by its three surrounding mountains: the Jungfrau, the Eiger, and the Monch. With a view like that, you’ll be eager to lace up your tactical footwear and explore these awe-inspiring peaks.
Travelers to the area often choose Jungfrau Mountain has the most beautiful views in the area. It’s also the highest railway station in the area, giving you access to the most encompassing perspectives. Past visitors to Jungfrau have been enthralled by the Ice Palace: a man-made tunnel whose aisles were first carved in the 1930s. Today, visitors to its icy halls will see transient frozen artwork made by present-day ice sculptors along those halls.
If you’re an experienced mountain climber looking for a challenge, Eiger Mountain may be the one to choose. Although it’s the smallest of the three mountains surrounding Interlaken, it’s famed because of its North Wall. This daunting peak has a reputation as one of the most challenging climbs in the Alps. Most guides recommend two to three days to climb these amazing international mountains.
2. Chamonix, France – Mountain Skiing
When mountain enthusiasts talk about visiting the Alps, Chamonix is often the place they describe. Visitors to Chamonix also choose it for its renowned ski resorts. What better way to savor Alpine grandeur than to schuss downward while drinking in the breathtaking scenery? Chamonix also offers amazing international dining and nightlife.
Mont Blanc may be the best-known of the many mountains of this area. It’s the highest peak in the Alps, so its lure for mountain climbers is understandable. Hiking on Mont Blanc is praised for its panoramic views and famed for its spectacular glaciers. The Mer de Glacé (aka Sea of Ice) is the largest glacier in France.
If your interest in Chamonix is based on skiing, you’ll have no shortage of choices of ski lodges. When in Chamonix, past travelers have cited the views of Mont Blanc from Brevent and Flegere. Either of these peaks would be a good place to grab a ski chair or gondola, sit back, and let the cable hoist lift you to skiing paradise.
3 Vaduz, Liechtenstein – Tiny Grandeur
Don’t overlook Liechtenstein: this little country has plenty to offer a vacationer looking for a memorable visit. It may not be the first destination someone thinks of when they imagine the Alps-. However, it’s the only country whose entire area is within the Alps.
There are six renowned peaks in Vaduz (the capital of Liechtenstein). One of the most popular places to relish the Alpine views is at Vaduz Castle. You’ll be charmed by this stone-walled castle which houses the Prince of Liechtenstein.
Vaduz remains an amazing international destination. While staying there, take time to drive around the countryside. You’ll be stunned by some of the best views in the region. One cautionary note: any car you’re driving will need snow tires for winter travel.
4. Innsbruck, Austria – Winter Wonders
For an uninitiated tourist, Innsbruck may seem synonymous with its peaks. However, it’s larger than expected, containing more than 40 towns. Those who enjoy the sensations of high altitudes can stay at one of the resorts of the Mieming Plateau. If you prefer a mountain at the center of Innsbruck, the Nordkette is in Austria’s national park: the Karwendel Nature Park.
Nordkette is especially admired by skilled mountain bikers, as it’s considered Europe’s most difficult bike trail. The challenging nature of these peaks extends to skiers and snowboarders in the winter. As part of this range, Hafelekar Gully lives up to its reputation as a steep but thrilling mountain course.
After spending days in the mountains, remember to explore the wonders of Innsbruck’s ornate architecture. Some of the buildings are centuries old, and the expert craftsmanship of Innsbruck’s archways and doors is worth contemplation. No matter your reason for visiting Innsbruck, this amazing international destination will give you a whirlwind of sensory delights.
5. Berchtesgaden, Germany – Musical Mountains
Of the many places in Germany to visit, Berchtesgaden may hold the most promise for its variety. There are sites rich in historical significance overlooking rows of houses with locals dancing to Bavarian music. Although the heart of this area may lie in the life within its streets, its larger-than-life character may be due to being tucked into its imposing mountains. As one of the most amazing international destinations, Berchtesgaden is a treasure for lovers of both music and mountains.
One of the most impressive of Berchtesgaden’s mountains is Mount Watzman. The image of this mountain is often chosen as an image on posters for German tourism. If you’re a history buff, you’ll be fascinated by a trip to Eagle’s Nest, where you’ll see Adolf Hitler’s former headquarters.
When visiting Berchtesgaden, it’s easy to downplay the industrial prowess of Germany. For example, Germany is ranked #2 in the production of pest control products. But, as crucial as German industries may be, when you’re standing on the crown of Mount Watzman, you’ll feel like you’re a galaxy away.
6. Banff, Canada -Canadian Rockies
Visiting Banff, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, will give you a choice of more mountains than you can see in one vacation. One of those amazing international destinations is a mountain trio nicknamed ‘The Three Sisters’ – Faith, Hope, and Charity. These three craggy giants can easily be seen from the nearby town of Canmore. Climbing these peaks is enjoyable, although the smallest of the three is restricted to expert climbers only.
If it’s an incomparable view you’re looking for, choose Mount Victoria as your challenge. It’s rumored to be the most photographed mountain in Banff National Park, due to how it frames Lake Louise. Those who climb it will remember the view of that sparkling lake and the impressive hanging glacier tucked into its sides.
If you enjoy a leisurely mountain drive, where you’ll see plenty of wildlife, many visitors praise the Tunnel Mountain Drive. The view from the top of the mountain will treat you to a fantastic view of Rocky Mountain peaks, the town of Banff, and the scenic Bow Valley. You can park your car, enjoy renting a cycle here, and join the other cyclists on Tunnel’s bike trails. Although the roads here are well-tended, you’ll be glad to know many car repair shops are available throughout Banff.
7. Kalispell, Montana – Endless Adventure
According to Onlyinyourstate.com, Kalispell is known as one of the USA’s best mountain towns. This charming, historic town is nestled between three towering mountain ranges: the Swan, the Mission, and the Salish. If you enjoy camping in a mountain paradise, the Mission Wilderness Area may be your perfect destination.
Visitors will find wonders among the peaks of the Mission range, at every turn. It’s no wonder this amazing international destination is nicknamed ‘America’s Alps.’ The most acclaimed view of this range for mountain lovers may be the McDonald Peak, where you can stand at its top and gaze in awe at 12 other astounding mountains – all higher as 9,000 feet.
If you’d like an afternoon away from the mountains, why not bring the family to the Woodland Water Park? Two refreshing swimming pools are featured there – one of which has a zero-depth entry, so kids can enjoy it. Splash down water slides and enjoy the delicious snacks at the concession stands. You’ll have plenty of time for mountain adventures; but, this afternoon, you’ve got a date with the Lazy River.
8. Kamikochi, Japan – New Horizons
When you think of the Alps, most people limit their thoughts to European cities. However, those who love mountains and relish the challenge of exploring new horizons know there are mountains referred to as The Japanese Alps. In Kamikochi, you’ll find an amazing international array of cliffs overlooking splendid lakes and countryside. Kamikochi and its peaks are part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, although its hiking trails are closed to all except snowshoe hikers in the winter.
The Hotaka mountain range is the most prominent in this area, with Mount Oku Hotaka as the highest of the Northern Japanese Alps. Many visitors prefer to visit this area during autumn when the contrast between wintry winds at the top and a valley filled with colorful leaves is a stunning sight. The Hotaka includes many imposing mountains, including the volcanic Mount Yakedake. Hikers intrigued by the lure of an Alpine volcano will find Yakedake a trail that hikers of any ability can enjoy.
Some tourists may come to Kamikochi with an additional purpose. After enjoying the Alpine region, some are interested in purchasing Wagyu beef and may want to investigate a source for selling wholesale meat. The meats here feature the traditional Wagyu ‘marbling’ of fats, which is valued for improving the taste of beef. If beef is what you’d like to send home, you can find several sources on your trip to Kamikochi.
9. Milford Sound, New Zealand – Colorful Charm
Milford Sound is part of Fiordland National Park, where visitors can discover the dramatic impact of the fiords. All seasons offer a fascinating visit, and you can go from the snowy top of Mount Mitre to the breathtaking Lady Bowen Falls. Many others enjoy visiting Dusky Sound, where tourists snap photos of playful fur seals. If possible, many who visit here will take a tour of them.
Mitre Peak was named after the headwear of Christian bishops, as the mountains tower over Milford Sound the way the bishops’ miters tower over their heads. The summits of Mitre are so high they’re often obscured by clouds. When you’re touring the mountains of Milford Sound, look for the delightful bird many tourists enjoy: the kea bird. This rainbow-colored parrot delights hikers with their antics, but you should be wary, as these clever parrots can find their way into your picnic basket if your head is turned.
While enjoying your amazing international journey to Milford Sound, you may feel far from home. However, despite the exotic setting of the area, the hotel rooms may seem very familiar to American visitors. When staying in Milford Sound, you will likely notice wood flooring used in your hotel room. This choice may be due to the prevalence of wood floors used in New Zealand homes.
10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Tropical Splendor
Rio de Janeiro is known for its iconic scenery, so, tourists may already know the lure of Rio’s many mountains. One of its mountains is the most-visited sight in Brazil: Sugarloaf Mountain. There, you’ll have a 360-degree view of Rio and Guanabara Bay at its peak. You’ll also be able to see the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue.
To reach the top of Sugarloaf, you can choose your conveyance. You can be lifted in a gondola or hike up its hills. More daring vacationers who enjoy rock climbing can ascend the mountain by grasping its rocky sides. Many prefer to visit this mountain at sunset when the vistas are draped in awe-inspiring colors. This amazing international destination has been named a UNESCO Historic Site; when you visit, it will be easy to understand why.
Mountain climbing is always an activity that requires clothes that can withstand the efforts of hiking, scaling mountains, and trekking through the woods. One possible choice of clothing brand is Carhartt. Although their clothing is often associated with workwear, Carhartt clothing is built for durability and would be an excellent choice for scaling the peaks of Rio’s mountains.
Which mountains will you choose for your amazing international vacation? Choose one of the above mountainous towns, and you won’t be disappointed. Mountain enthusiasts sometimes have their favorite place, but any of these would be a great addition to your next travel itinerary.