France

Travel Guide
France

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

Eiffel Tower showing heritage architecture, a sunset and a monument
Paris
Known for Cafes, Museums and Art
A short break in the French capital is the perfect tonic; arrive feeling jaded and after a few hours you’ll be filled with va-va-voom!

Reasons to visit

  • Notre-Dame
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Pantheon
Lyon which includes a river or creek, a city and a statue or sculpture
Lyon
Known for Historical, Business and Museums
France’s third largest city is famous for films, festivals, food and centuries-old architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Bellecour Square
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
  • Place des Jacobins
Bordeaux featuring heritage elements and street scenes
Bordeaux
Known for Shopping, Tours and Business
Bike through the city along the banks of the Garonne, relax in one of the many parks and gardens and taste the famous local wines in the beautiful city of Bordeaux.

Reasons to visit

  • The City of Wine
  • Pont de Pierre
  • St. Michael Basilica
Vieux Port which includes a marina and boating
Marseille
Known for Ports, Business and Cafes
With a magnificent coastline, a thriving café culture and 26 centuries of history, this port city in the south of France is an incredible destination for any holiday maker, any time of year.

Reasons to visit

  • Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
  • Le Dôme
  • Hotel de Ville
Nice showing a sandy beach and a coastal town as well as a large group of people
Nice
Known for Dining, Beach view and Shopping
Unofficial capital of the French Riviera, this glamorous seaside city has been one of France’s most popular tourist destinations since the 18th century.

Reasons to visit

  • Albert 1st Gardens
  • Marc Chagall National Museum
  • Nice Etoile Shopping Center
Montpellier
Montpellier
Known for Walking, Historical and Business
Imagine yourself in medieval France in this ancient trade and university town. Then take advantage of the easy access to the Mediterranean Sea.

Reasons to visit

  • Comedy Square
  • Fabre Museum
  • Opera National Orchestra of Montpellier

Popular places to visit in France

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