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Upgrade your summer with these 15 epic trips

National Geographic Logo By Heather Greenwood Davis of National Geographic | Slide 1 of 15: Pick up a backpack preloaded with all the makings of a cheese fondue at the Molkerei (dairy shop) in the valley town of Gstaad, then board a mountain gondola at the base of the Wispile mountains and head 6,270 feet up to the top for a hike and picnic amid the wildflowers. Or hire a guide and hop on a mountain bike (traditional or electric) to tackle the chalet-strewn hills and valleys—stopping only for selfies with alpine bovine. For a real thrill, make your way to the alpine coaster, a half-mile mountain descent on a toboggan track where you’re in control of your speed up to almost 25 mph, and kids ages nine and up can drive solo.

Gstaad, Switzerland

Pick up a backpack preloaded with all the makings of a cheese fondue at the Molkerei (dairy shop) in the valley town of Gstaad, then board a mountain gondola at the base of the Wispile mountains and head 6,270 feet up to the top for a hike and picnic amid the wildflowers. Or hire a guide and hop on a mountain bike (traditional or electric) to tackle the chalet-strewn hills and valleys—stopping only for selfies with alpine bovine. For a real thrill, make your way to the alpine coaster, a half-mile mountain descent on a toboggan track where you’re in control of your speed up to almost 25 mph, and kids ages nine and up can drive solo.
© Photograph by LOOK Die Bildagentur der Fotografen GmbH, Alamy Stock Photo

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