Living near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains has given my family a love for majestic mountain scenery with favorite outings to the Roan Highlands and other impressive viewpoints etched in our slate of memorable experiences.
For a special family trip, Switzerland catapulted to the top of our list of appealing destinations, inspired by the splendor of epic alpine peaks and a vibrant hiking culture. Equally alluring were the quaint, flower-bedecked villages and storybook image of Heidi and her goats, roaming a lush alpine meadow.
Though the familiar Appalachian vistas would hardly prepare us for the grandeur of the Alps, our motive was the same: on a clear day get to the top!
Our 10-day journey began from Zurich as six of us traveled by train to Engadin Valley in eastern Switzerland, then to central regions of Lake Lucerne and Interlaken.