Destinations with Altitude

Some of the most magical places to visit in the world are those that are perched atop mountains at high altitude. In fact, throughout history, high up on a mountain top is where many sacred and special things were meant to have happened through the ages. So it makes complete sense that there are many people living in these areas, as well as plenty of visitors to the areas. But where are some of the best mountains in the world to visit? Here are just a few of the most breathtaking vertical wonders and the cities and town that they have close by to them. Have you ever been to any of them?

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Mont Blanc, France

In the area of Chamonix in France, you will find the mountain of Mont Blanc. It is actually situated in the Alps, and is the highest mountain in the area, standing at over 4000 ft above sea level. It is also the tallest in Europe, west of some of Russia’s mountains anyway. The mountain itself is really popular for snowboarding, winter sports, and skiing. So if you’re looking for a ski chalet in France, then this area will be one of the best areas for skiing in France. There are several towns nearby, all stunning in their own way. Chamonix, as has already been mentioned, was the site of the first Winter Olympics. See, special things do happen on mountains!

 

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La Paz, Bolivia

This extraordinary city is one of a kind as it clings to the sides of a small and narrow canyon, with a range of gondolas and cable cars going up and down alongside it. There is a museum up on top of the mountain which is one of the most popular things to do (once you’ve got your breath back from being up over 3000 meters high). There is also a market selling lots of natural and herbal medicines, several of which are all meant to ward off any evil spirits. The town is one of a kind, and the mountain is so beautiful. So when are you going to be planning a trip?

 

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La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland

This city is a top of the Jura Mountains in Switzerland. And as such, it often gets missed by most tourists unless they are really looking for it. But being one of the highest peaks in Europe, it needs to be seen to be believed and experienced. The architecture of the buildings in the area is amazing, as well as a famous watchmaking museum (it is the home of the country’s watchmaking business after all). So there are a few things to see and do. There is also a lakeside town of Neuchatel not far away from La Chaux-De-Fonds. It has some great nightlife, cafes, and restaurants, and buildings so are certainly worth a look too.

 

Have you been to any mountains or high altitude towns that you just love and would add to this list? I’d love to hear from you!

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