A region of mountains and lakes, the Rhone-Alpes is also rich with big cities such as Grenoble and Lyon. In summer, the three main lakes in La Savoie attract people who like the fresh air, water sports and relaxation. The northern Alps have two national parks (Vanoise and Ecrins), a regional park (Vercors), and many nature reserves.
Even so, in the south of the Rhone-Alpes, the Drôme and the Ardèche have a Mediterranean atmosphere. Untamed slopes alternate with plains covered with orchards and vineyards. The Ardèche river flows through some impressive gorges.