12 Epic Adventures in the Alps

Yodeling optional.

The Alps are a massive mountain range in southern Europe, stretching 750 miles from France to Slovenia and beyond. Though the Alps pick up many names along its length — the Swiss Alps, Dolomites, and Bavarian Alps, to name a few — they are all part of the same chain of mountains. The range spans nearly 125 miles in width as it makes its large arch from the Ligurian Sea to the Adriatic.

The Alps are known for their pastoral landscape against a backdrop of rugged mountains and crystal-clear streams. Throughout the region, you can still find families engaged in the traditional lifestyle of agriculture and tending livestock, but these days the mountains lure adventurous travelers, too. 

The Alps are also the birthplace of yodeling, the backdrop for The Sound of Music, and the home of the first Winter Olympics. Enough said, right?

Check out these iconic Alpine destinations in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.

France

Adventure by Rachel Davidson

Adventure by Jonathon Reed

Switzerland

Adventure by Justin Dong

Adventure by Luan Baruti

Adventure by Talia Touboul

Italy

Adventure by Jason Hatfield

Adventure by Cat Ekkelboom-White

Adventure by Kelly Park

Germany and Austria

Adventure by Brian Fulda

Adventure by Barry Holloway

Slovenia

Adventure by Josh Currie

Adventure by David Gallo

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Cover photo by Jason Hatfield

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