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Travel Guide


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 featuring a monument, heritage architecture and a sunset
Known for Café, Museum and Art
Wander around the café-lined streets or ascend to the top of one of the city’s main attractions for breathtaking panoramic views of France’s romantic capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Grands Boulevards
  • Canal Saint-Martin
  • Rue de Rivoli
Vieux Port featuring boating and a marina
Known for Port, Business and Café
Escape to France’s historic southern port city to experience its picture-perfect coastline, cosmopolitan café culture and more than 26 centuries of history.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Port of Marseille
  • La Corniche
  • Prado Market
Lyon featuring a city, a river or creek and a statue or sculpture
Known for Historical, Business and Museum
France’s third largest city is famous for films, festivals, food and centuries-old architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Bellecour Square
  • Place des Terreaux
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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
  • Corum Convention Center
  • Polygone Shopping Center
Bordeaux showing street scenes and heritage elements
Known for Shopping, Tour and Business
Cycle along the city’s network of bike paths as you taste local wines, look across the Garonne River or relax in one of the city’s many gardens and parks.

Reasons to visit

  • Rue Sainte-Catherine
  • St. Michael Basilica
  • The City of Wine
Nice featuring a coastal town and a beach as well as a large group of people
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

  • Promenade des Anglais
  • Place Massena
  • Avenue Jean Medecin

Popular places to visit in France


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