Chamonix, France

Chamonix is unique in that it is just as famous for mountaineering. Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, this spot attracts athletes and daredevils from all over the world, eager to attempt some experience of the 15,781 ft. mountain. From paragliding to mountaineering courses and glacier walks, visitors do not need skis to experience this majestic mountain. This is also the second-most-starred region in the French Michelin Guide - so prepare to eat well!

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Chamonix is unique in that it is just as famous for mountaineering. Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, this spot attracts athletes and daredevils from all over the world, eager to attempt some experience of the 15,781 ft. mountain. From paragliding to mountaineering courses and glacier walks, visitors do not need skis to experience this majestic mountain. This is also the second-most-starred region in the French Michelin Guide - so prepare to eat well!

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