Living in the shadow of a mountain

Millions of people around the world live in cities nestled under the shadow of a famous mountain. These lucky residents wake up every morning to spectacular views of postcard-ready quality. Here are some of the best places to live if you love mountain views.

The Matterhorn near Zermatt, Switzerland

Switzerland's most famous mountain, the Matterhorn, towers above the town of Zermatt. The Matterhorn is considered one of the most dangerous mountains for climbers, claiming over 500 lives since the first ascent in 1865.

Mt. Rainier in Seattle, WA

Mt. Rainer in Washington state, likes to peak it's head above the clouds and is visible from Seattle on a clear day. Mt. Rainier is not only the tallest peak in the pacific northwest but is also an active volcano with eruptions as recent as 1894. 

Mt. Fuji in Gotemba, Japan

Another active volcano and a well-known symbol of Japan is Mt. Fuji. Mt Fuji sits comfortably above three small towns: to the east is Gotemba with Fujiyoshida to the north and Fujinomiya to the south.

Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO

Pike Peak, America's mountain, sits majestically above the city of Colorado Springs and is one of 53 "fourteeners" (mountains with elevations greater than 14,000ft) in Colorado. This is the mountain that inspired Kathrine Lee Bates to write the words to "America the Beautiful".

Mt. Vesuvius near Naples, Italy

You are probably familiar with the destruction of Pompeii by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. However, millions of people still live in modern day Naples in the shadow of this volcano.

Mt. Hua above Huayin, China

Hikers who brave the treacherous climb up Mt. Hua are rewarded with some of the greatest views in the world. The cliffs of this famous mountain rise above the village of Huayin in central China. At the top sits an ancient Taoist temple and tea house.

Popocatépetl in Puebla, Mexico

People seem almost too eager to settle beneath dangerous volcanos. Popocatepetl is an active volcano in southern Mexico with major eruptions as recent as August 2016. Still, 2.5 million people live in the nearby city of Puebla.

Mt. Assiniboine near Calgary, British Columbia

The sharp peak of Mt. Assiniboine sticks above the Canadian Rockies west of Calgary, British Columbia. The peak was named for its resemblance to the teepees of Assiniboine Indians.