25 Mountain Ranges You Need To Visit If You Are A Fan Of Nature

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From the rugged peaks of the Alps to the sleepy foothills of the Smoky Mountains, these are the 25 Mountain Ranges You Need To Visit If You Are A Fan Of Nature.

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Olympic Mountains

Olympic MountainsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Found in the state of Washington in the United States, the range sits right next to the Hoh Rainforest, the largest temperate rainforest on the continent. Due to the high precipitation of the region, the Olympics mountains are home to numerous glaciers.

24

Graian Alps

Graian AlpsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The Graian Alps are home to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in all of the European Alps.

23

Tian Shan

Tian ShanSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

A large system of mountains in central Asia, the highest summit is Victory Peak on the border of Kyrgyzstan and China. Locally, the range is known as the Celestial Mountains.

22

Julian Alps

Julian AlpsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Covering Slovenia and Italy, this part of the Alps is named after Julius Caesar.

21

Alaska Range

Alaska RangeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Outside of Asia and the Andes, this North American range is the highest in the world.


20

Apennines

ApenninesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Not as high as some of the ranges we’ve encountered so far, these mountains run down the center of the Italian peninsula. Although they are mostly green or semi-arid there is one glacier to be found Corno Grande, the highest peak.

19

Brooks Range

Brooks RangeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Located in the remote northern regions of Alaska and Canada, this range was once known as the Arctic Mountains.

18

Pyrenees

PyreneesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Forming the border between France and Spain, they are home to the small country of Andorra.

17

Caucasus Mountains

Caucasus MountainsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus Mountains are considered to divide Europe and Asia in this region.

16

Smoky Mountains

Smoky MountainsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Although they’re not the highest mountains on our list, the Smoky Mountains are part of the most visited region in the United States. As you can guess, the mountains are appropriately named as quite often a natural fog encompasses them.

15

Tatras

TatrasSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Forming part of the border between Poland and Slovakia, the Tatras are significantly smaller than the Alps in terms of land area but just as rugged and rocky in terms of appearance.

14

Atlas Mountains

Atlas MountainsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Separating the Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains stretch across northwestern Africa.

13

Western Ghats

Western GhatsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Running parallel to the western coast of India, this mountain range is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.

12

Great Dividing Range

Great Dividing RangeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Australia’s largest range and the third longest land based range in the world, the Great Dividing Range stretches for nearly 3,500 km (2,175 mi).

11

Southern Alps

Southern AlpsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Covering a vast portion of New Zealand’s southern island, the climate here is very cold with snow all year round at the highest points.

10

Andes

AndesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The longest land based mountain range in the world, the Andes run most of the length of South America and are also the world’s highest mountain range outside of Asia.

9

Hindu Cush

Hindu CushSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

A subrange of the Himalayas, the Hindu Cush stretch between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Due to conflict in the region it is not the safest place to visit, but apart from that the mountains are some of the highest and most impressive in the world.

8

Kunlun Mountains

Kunlun MountainsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Another range found in Asia, the Kunlun Mountains form the northern border of the Tibetan Plateau.

7

Scandinavian Mountains

Scandinavian MountainsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Sometimes called the Scandes, in the west these mountains drop sharply into the North Sea to form the famous fjords of Norway.

6

Dolomites

DolomitesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Part of the Italian Alps, the Dolomites have become a tourist mecca and are famous for their natural beauty.

5

Teton Range

Teton RangeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Part of the Rocky Mountains in Idaho and Wyoming, the Teton Range lacks foothills in the east which contributes to a very sharp rise out of the valley floor.

4

Bernese Alps

Bernese AlpsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

One of the largest Alpine ranges, they are also the most glaciated. Thanks to modern rail links, the northern part of the range is often visited by tourists throughout the year.

3

Cascades

CascadesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Extending from Washington all the way down to northern California, the Cascades include numerous volcanoes.

2

Hohe Tauern

Hohe TauernSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The Hohe Tauern (High Tauern) are home to Austria’s highest mountains as well as the largest nature preserve in the Alps. For several months during summer you can enjoy the splendor of the mountains using the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.

1

Sierra Nevada

Sierra NevadaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Mostly found within the state of California, the Sierra Nevada features Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental US at 4,421 meters. It is also home to the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe. Furthermore, both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks attract numerous visitors year round.

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