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Best Scenic and Historical Mountains in the World

September 25th, 2012 · No Comments · International Destination Information

Mountain Lovers of the World, Unite!

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Holy sweet sweetness, there is NOTHING quite as astonishing as a giant mountain somewhere along the horizon. If you’re lucky enough to live in a country with a postcard-perfect mountain, and amazing wonder of the natural world, looming up out of the distance every day of your life, be grateful.

Living here in Portland, Oregon, we have plenty, but few that are more beautiful than Mount Hood. Other countries and cities around the world have remarkable mountain landscapes, which we’ll take a look at picture-wise in this article. If you have pictures or stories of a beautiful mountain in your country, or if we missed a major mountain of the world, please write to us using the comment feature below.

Getting to Know the Major Mountains of the World

Mt. Hood, pictured below, is considered to be a stratovolcano that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. It measures, by varying accounts, approximately 11,240 feet in height.

Mount Hood and Lost Lake, Oregon

Mount Hood and Lost Lake, Oregon

Mt. St. Helens in Washington is also considered to be a stratovolcano, only this one is still active. It is located in Skamania County, and measures just over 8,300 feet high. The mountain has been the scene of some terrible chaos and natural disasters over the last several decades, beginning in May of 1980, during which time the “deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States” occurred. Later, a 5.1 earthquake triggered a massive avalanche, reducing the peak to a crater, and knocking more than 1,300 feet off the peak (see before and after pictures below).

Mt. St. Helens, Washington

Mount St. Helens, Washington

Mount St. Helens, Washington

Mount St. Helens, Washington, Post-1980

Mt. Fuji, located in Japan, is the highest mountain in the country, and is located on the Japanese island of Honshu. This is another active stratovolcano, much like Mt. St. Helens, above. Mt. Fuji has been measured at 12, 389 feet in height. Because of its grandeur, its perfectly symmetrical cone-shaped top, and its visual availability from many locations in the country, Mt. Fuji has become a national symbol of Japan.

Mt. Fuji, Honshu, Japan

Mt. Fuji, Honshu, Japan

Mt. Rainier, also located in Washington (Seattle), and also considered to be an active stratovolcano, has been named the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and tops out at over 14, 400 feet in height. Mt. Rainier is the highest mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range.

Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Washington

Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Washington

Mount Ararat, located in Turkey, is a currently dormant volcano with two enormous peaks. Greater Ararat (the highest in Turkey at 16,854 ft), and Lesser Ararat (elevation 12,782 ft).

Mt. Ararat, Turkey

Mt. Ararat, Turkey

Mount Etna, is another active stratovolcano, close to Messina on the eastern coast of Sicily. Considered to be the tallest active European volcano, Mt. Etna is currently 10,922 feet high, though the height varies given ongoing eruptions at the summit.

Mt. Etna, Sicily

Mt. Etna, Sicily

No list of amazing mountains on the planet would be complete without Mount Everest, considered to be the Earth’s highest mountain, with a summit measuring 29,029 feet above sea level. Located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, the international border between the countries of Nepal and China actually runs right across the precise summit point of the mountain.

Mount Everest, Himalayas

Mount Everest, Himalayas

The Matterhorn is considered to be part of the Pennine Alps that border the countries of Switzerland and Italy. With a summit of 14,690 feet, The Matterhorn is one of the very highest peaks in the Alps mountain range. Its unusually steep four mountain faces actually mark the four compass points, and rise high above the surrounding glaciers below.

Matterhorn Mountain, the Alps

Matterhorn Mountain, the Alps

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