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Appreciate Mediterranean beaches, Alpine skiing, fine wines and cheeses, and some of the world’s most celebrated cities in this Western European country.

Whether you’re a Francophile or simply a world traveler, enjoy France, a country with diverse appeal. Explore snow-covered mountains, relaxing beaches, sophisticated cities, wine regions, small mountaintop villages and quiet countryside.

Fly into Paris, the capital. The city earns its nickname, “the City of Light,” when evening lights of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, Notre-Dame Cathedral and bridges over the Seine River illuminate a magical walking tour. Visit famous art galleries, including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie.

French wine regions are famous, some bearing names now recognized worldwide, including Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne. Stop at large wineries or small cellar doors to taste varied vintages and purchase new favorites.

Come to Marseille and the French Mediterranean shores for sunbathing, swimming and living the Riviera lifestyle. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous at popular Côte d'Azur ports of Nice, Antibes and Saint-Tropez. Visit Cannes in May when celebrities attend the annual film festival. Menton, Bandol and smaller cities, including Cassis and La Ciotat, offer beaches and small cafés for relaxing getaways.

Vacation in the French Alps in summer to hike along trails with mountain wildflowers and valley views. In winter, ski some of the world’s most enjoyable high-altitude terrain. France has more than 200 individual ski mountains, with many ranges interlinked as cooperative resorts. Even if you don’t ski, ride the téléphérique up Mont Blanc for views of three countries.

Provence and the Luberon have many interesting “villages perchés,” perched villages built on small mountains. Visit the weekly markets across these regions for local fresh produce and colorful handicrafts.

In the north, imagine the beaches of Normandy filled with thousands of soldiers engaged in the marine assault against the Nazis, an important event of World War II. See the cemetery and monument memorializing American soldiers who lost their lives in Europe.

Make France an annual destination to visit all its diverse regions. In every city and village, enjoy the excellent cuisine France is noted for.

Popular cities in France

Vieux Port which includes a marina and boating
Marseille
Known for Ports, Business and Cafés

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Reasons to visit

  • Le Dôme
    Le Dôme
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde
    Notre-Dame de la Garde
  • Old Port of Marseille
    Old Port of Marseille
Opéra Comédie showing a statue or sculpture and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people
Montpellier
Known for Walking, Historical Buildings and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • Montpellier Cathedral
    Montpellier Cathedral
  • Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier
    Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier
  • Fabre Museum
    Fabre Museum
Nice featuring a city, signage and heritage architecture
Nice
Known for Dining, Beaches and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Nice Etoile Shopping Center
    Nice Etoile Shopping Center
  • Albert 1st Gardens
    Albert 1st Gardens
  • Marc Chagall National Museum
    Marc Chagall National Museum
Jardin Public showing a garden and a bridge
Bordeaux
Known for Shopping, Tour and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • St. Michael Basilica
    St. Michael Basilica
  • Place de la Victoire
    Place de la Victoire
  • Cap Sciences
    Cap Sciences
Cannes
Cannes
Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Cannes Harbour
    Cannes Harbour
  • Palace of Festivals and Conferences
    Palace of Festivals and Conferences
  • Picasso Museum
    Picasso Museum
Strasbourg which includes a city, a river or creek and boating
Strasbourg
Known for Cathedrals, Historical Buildings and Tour

Reasons to visit

  • Strasbourg Cathedral
    Strasbourg Cathedral
  • Rohan Palace
    Rohan Palace
  • Tomi Ungerer Museum
    Tomi Ungerer Museum

Popular places to visit in France

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

The views from the top of this iconic symbol of Paris are an unmissable highlight of any visit.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

One of the world’s biggest and best art collections is housed in one of Paris’s most beautiful buildings.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

This iconic Parisian landmark commemorates one of Napoleon’s most famous victories and offers panoramic views from the top.

Palais des Papes
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Palais des Papes

Built to house and protect France’s 14th-century popes, one of Europe’s largest Gothic palaces dominates Avignon’s skyline and cultural life.

Château de Chambord
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Château de Chambord

Marvel at the majestic design of this medieval castle, explore its grounds in a horse and carriage and venture into the woods.

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau

The breathtaking beauty of this majestic château is complemented with a collection of fine artwork and beautiful gardens.