Aiguille du Midi
One of Chamonix’s star attractions, the Aiguille du Midi rock rises above the snowfields and glaciers and is a major tourist attraction. Located just near Mont Blanc and Chamonix, the rock is topped by a lofty spire, features viewing platforms and is accessible by cable car. Cable cars run from Chamonix up to Aiguille du Midi in two stages, with the second stage being somewhat of a heart-stopper. The peak of Mont Blanc isn’t much higher and the views of the valley, glacier and French and Italian Alps are breathtaking.
Grotte de la Mer de Glace
The Mer de Glace, which is also known as the sea of ice, is Europe’s second-longest glacier at nine miles and is another major attraction in the area. In addition, the ice cave (Grotte) is carved out of the ice every year and can be visited via the ancient rack-and-pinion railway. Interior temperatures of the cave are just below freezing.
In July, when the last of the snows have melted, hiking is the main theme of the Chamonix resort and is almost as popular as the skiing. There are several world-class hikes around Mont Blanc and the cable cars and ski lifts are still operational at this time to provide easy access. Two popular hikes go between Le Brevent and la Flegere, and between Mer de Glace and Plan de l’Aguille. The glaciers are still here in the summertime of course and many excellent nearby hikes give amazing views of them. The following glaciers have great hikes: Glacier des Bossons, Glacier d’Argentiere, Glacier de Trient and Glacier de Bionnassay.
Located in the town of Chamonix, Musée Alpin (Alpine Museum) is housed within a former grand Chamonix hotel and retells the story of mountain climbing and other alpine sports in Chamonix through fascinating photos, lithographs and artifacts. You can find Musée Alpin off avenue Michel Croz.