Mountaintop Views Worth The Climb

There's a wise adage that states, "it's not about the destination, but the journey." [slideshow:1259]

While we firmly believe that's true, the views from mountain peaks seem to challenge that notion. The one-of-a-kind vistas from the top serve as a reward for the hard trek and give a unique perspective on life.

These scenes from all over the world may serve as inspiration to get out and explore a new place or a prompt to enjoy your favorite peak once again—either way it's about the journey, but reaching these views is rewarding in its own right.

Just remember when your next hike takes a challenging turn and granola bars and trail mix simply aren't enough to keep you going, the reward of these stellar views will make it worth the effort.


Rising high above the shore of Lake Wolfgangsee, Schafberg Mountain is a picturesque platform with a few more amenities than the typical summit. Those who would rather not hike up can take a railway to the top, only to find a hotel and restaurant in addition to amazing views.

Karst Mountains—China

Rich in stunning landscape and biodiversity alike, the Karst regions of China were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The view from one of these peaks is unlike anything else on earth and has been regarded as a spiritual experience by those who have had the opportunity to visit.

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