At the foot of Mont Blanc is a resort area called Chamonix. Famous among skiers, Chamonix is a covered with snow all year round, and it is surrounded by mountains, streams, and meadows. Tourists from all around the world flock this high-mountain town to experience the beauty of the Alpine scenery. Chamonix has numerous activities to offer to its visitors, some of which include hiking, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, and skiing. The Tramway du Mont Blanc provides the visitors a classic Chamonix experience for it lets them admire the beautiful scenery of the place. The Chamonix village itself has an upscale atmosphere in which fancy boutiques, restaurants ranging from casual cafes to fine dining establishments, and local farms that feature local cuisines are located. Make sure that you also check out Aiguille du Midi in which you can view the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps altogether, and it only a 20-minute cable car ride from the Chamonix centre.
Another French Alps ski destination is Megève, which is located in the Haute-Savoie department. One of the leading winter sports resorts, this mountain village that offers an authentic Alpine experience dates back to the 14th-century. Megève has a charming and vibrant atmosphere which makes casual strolls on its cobblestone streets delightful. Despite being perched on a mountain, this town is well-developed enough to cater to the volume of tourists that flock here. Megève has a main town square, a parish church, exclusive boutiques, and upscale excellent restaurants which you may dine as you admire the beautiful Alpine surroundings. Although skiing here is limited, the advantage of this location is that it has a milder climate compared to higher elevated resorts. In summer, Megève is also a popular destination for outdoor activities.
Another attraction that exhibits the natural beauty of the French Alps is the Vercors Regional Natural Park which is located in the Dauphiné region. There are numerous well-kept paths and trails which allow visitors to explore the area by foot or by riding a horse. If you would like to try playing sports here, make sure that you schedule your trip on winter for excellent facilities for various sports are available during the season. In Combe Laval lies a mountain road, which was originally constructed to transport timber, that offers excellent views of the countryside below. The road starts at the Col de la Machine to Saint-Jean, then to Bourne Valley and into the Gorges de la Bourne. In the town of Pont-en-Royans is the postcard-ready Vernaison gorges, so make sure that you can check it out for it leads to the Grands Goulets gorge.
Annecy, a picturesque French Alps attraction, is a town for those who would like to have a relaxing day for it has snow-capped mountains peaking into the town’s skyline as white swans glide around the canals of the Thiou River. Annecy is best experienced during summer for the town is adorned with flowers during that time of year—from the potted flowers on the lakeside promenade to the geraniums on the building facades of Annecy. The town has two historic churches that you can visit: the Church of Saint Maurice and the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre. Rue Sainte-Claire is a lively street which you may stroll along to admire the 16th to 18th-century buildings that have been turned into shops and restaurants. The Chateau d’Annecy is an important historic monument which used to be the home of the Counts of Geneva, and it is currently a museum in which archeology, medieval sculpture, contemporary art, regional heritage, and landscape paintings are exhibited. The Musée du film d'animation is also worth checking out for it has a collection of documents, images, and interactive exhibits about animated films.
In the green mountain pastures of the French Alps lies the Evian-les-Bains which is a famous health resort and leisure destination. Tourists make their way to Evian-les-Bains for the curative waters of the thermal baths, which can be experienced in the health spas that dot the area. The Palais Lumière, which was built in the early 20th-century, is an excellent example of spa architecture. It has thematic exhibitions, which include paintings, sculptures, and photographs, each year. In addition to the spa resorts that flourished in the Belle Epoque, Evian-les-Bains is also known for its culture and entertainment attractions. The 13th-century Notre Dame de l'Assomption Church which houses rich altar pieces, frescoes, and paintings can be accessed here for free. The Antoine Riboud Theater, which was erected in 1885, hosts a theater festival which concentrates on light-hearted comedies. In July, Evian-les-Bains hosts another festival that concentrates in classical music.
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