The Essential

The valley of a mighty river on one side, majestic mountains on the other, Rhône-Alpes revolves around its capital, Lyon, known as the "city with two rivers".
The Alpes du Nord, with its renowned ski areas, has long secured impeccable credentials. Snowboard down the endless slopes of Les 3 Vallées, hike in Chartreuse Mountains and bathe in Lake Annecy. The region is also a mosaic of massifs and valleys brandishing different identities and dotted with a Baroque church here, a cluster of stone houses there, and a Ville d'art et d'histoire at almost every turn.
Before following the Rhône Valley, which separates the Drôme Provençal from the Ardèche, to spectacular gorges, spend some time in the Lyon region: the mountains and plains of the Monts du Forez, St-Étienne, consecrated a UNESCO City of Design, the medieval city of Pérouges in the Bugey, the Vienne jazz festival are just some of the reasons to linger there.
Lastly, you shouldn't leave the region without tasting one of the Beaujolais or Rhône Valley wines, and a tablier de sapeur (crumbed tripe) in a legendary bouchon lyonnais.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Rhône-Alpes

Annecy Lake Annecy Lake
Annecy Lake
Lake Annecy, the jewel of the Alps of
Lake Geneva Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva
The lake is 72km long, 310m deep and has
Massif de la Vanoise Massif de la Vanoise
Massif de la Vanoise
This massif stretches between the Isère
Vieux Lyon Vieux Lyon
Vieux Lyon
Old Lyon Stretches from the River Saône
Mont-Blanc Mont-Blanc
Majestic in its cloak of white, Mont
Aiguille du Midi Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
With its cables suspended, in places,