Mountains create amazing backdrops for just about any landscape in the world. Depending on where you travel, you can find rocky ones, tree covered ones and even snow capped ones. They look quite majestic from ground level, peeking out in the distance, but the view from the top can be truly breathtaking.
In this article, we’re going to outline 15 of the best mountain views in the world and share a little information about where you can find them and what you can expect when you get there. Here they are – in no particular order.
1. Thes – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Tetons are an extension of the Rocky Mountain range, both of which were formed some eight million years ago. The Tetons are a world-class skiing destination now days, but have appeared in a number of Hollywood movies and shows of the western genre. Down below, all you’ll see is rugged, pristine countryside where you can almost imagine cowboys and Indians riding their ponies into the sunset.
2.Diamond Head – Honolulu, Oahu
Diamond Head is that big green crater looking thing that juts out into the water in most of the pictures you see of areas surrounding Honolulu. Diamond Head is actually the rim of an extinct volcano and you can hike or drive to the top of it for some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean below.
3. Grand Canyon – American Southwest
Standing on the rim of the famous Grand Canyon provides a view of the American Southwest that’s just like the one pioneers, cowboys and gold rushers from the 1800s saw when they crossed the area by horse and wagon. The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long and 18 miles wide. The view you experience here cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world.
4. Mount Everest – Nepal
Mount Everest is the highest mountain peak in the world and is only accessible by climbing your way to the top – a trip of more than 29,000 meters. Only about 150 people are able to do this each year, those being the most experienced mountain climbers. Many have perished making the trip and their bodies remain where they died because recovery was not possible, due to the extreme altitude and temperatures.
5. Auberge Du Soleil – Napa County, California
The view from atop Auberge Du Soleil is best experienced during the grape harvest season in September and October, because it looks down on some of the most fertile wine country in the world. Rolling hills and quaint houses dotting the countryside and vineyards are what make this view so great.
6. Machu Picchu – Peru
The ruins of this “Lost City of the Incas” lay undisturbed on top of Machu Picchu until 1911 when archaeologists begin to dig and expose the Incan wonders that lay below. Nobody knows what this sprawling complex was used for, but the view from the top of it is priceless.
7. Glacier National Park – Montana
The 730 miles of hiking trails that run through Glacier National Park will take you up close to some of the most amazing mountain views and scenery that the United States has to offer. There are still 26 glaciers in the park. Plan to go in the middle of summer, unless you prefer hiking through lots of snow.
8. Mount Baker – Washington State
Mount Baker receives more snow each year than any other mountain in the world and rises majestically from the foothills of Washington State. A true natural beauty.
9.Banff National Park – Canada
Banff National Park overs 2,500 square miles of pristine Canadian wilderness and is home to turquoise waters and the Valley of the Ten Peaks – one of the most beautiful mountain chains in the world.
10. The Alps – Austria
The Alps are, perhaps, the most famous mountain chain in the world. Their snow covered peaks are very popular with skiers. If skiing is not your forte’, you can take a hot air balloon ride across The Alps to experience their wonder and beauty.
11. Table Mountain – South Africa
This flat topped mountain is one of the most famous of all of Africa. You can hike to the top of it or take a scenic cable car trip to its summit to experience the awesome view.
12. Mount Fuji – Japan
Japan’s most famous mountain is a natural work of art. It’s a black, imposing figure in the soft Japanese countryside and the soft blanket of stark, white snow on its peak creates an even more dramatic effect. Mount Fuji is actually a volcano and is quite popular with climbers during the summer months.
13. Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise is a turquoise colored late that sits in the middle of a crater-like rock formation. It’s surrounded on all sides by soaring mountain peaks, green pines and snow capped summits. It’s one of those breathtaking views that can’t be described with mere words – you just have to see it to believe it.
14. Big Sur, California
There are no bad views in Big Sur. You have rolling, dome shaped mountains and hills covered in green pines and thick vegetation on one side and the vast Pacific Ocean on the other. Any direction you look, you’re surrounded by amazing natural beauty.
15. Tantra Mountains – Poland
The Tantra Mountains alternate between tree covered slopes and rocky, flat summits. They have alternating bands of color, too – and are reflected in the mirror-like surfaces of the placid lakes and pools below to create a stunning effect unsurpassed anywhere else in the region.
As you can see, virtually every region of the world you visit has its own beautiful mountain view. Most of the more popular mountain regions have resorts or other accommodations in the vicinity of the mountain ranges so that you can stay and enjoy the view for a little while longer.
Also, plan for inclement and rapidly changing weather, as mountainous areas have some of the most unpredictable weather on the planet. If you do decide to stay at a mountain resort, try booking your stay during their off season. This is the time of year when you’ll find the best prices and the least crowds.