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Famous for fashion and first-class cuisine, this influential European nation features monumental cities, quaint alpine villages and glamorous beach resorts.

Perhaps best known for its delicious wine and cuisine, France has many layers to uncover. In addition to visiting cities filled with fashion houses and the celebrity haven of the French Riviera, discover its rural side, where farmhouses, mountain peaks and majestic lakes dominate the scene.

In Paris, gaze up at the most recognizable attraction in all France: the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 and designed by Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, this wrought iron tower welcomes almost 7 million visitors a year. Ride the elevator high up the tower to appreciate a spectacular panoramic view of Paris.

Another popular highlight is the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral. Climb the 387 steps up the bell tower for a wonderful view of the city. The Louvre, frequently cited as the world’s greatest art museum, is another Parisian must-see. Visit in the late afternoon to avoid the heaviest crowds.

For a different perspective of Gothic architecture, check out Strasbourg Cathedral in the Alsace region of France. Arrive by late morning to witness the 12:30 p.m. performance of the cathedral’s astronomical clock.

Find a more laid-back, rural side to France in the chateaux-dotted Loire Valley or the peaceful and pastoral Dordogne, where picture-perfect villages and wine-tasting opportunities abound. In the eastern part of France, discover the majesty of Lake Annecy and the French Alps. Visit during summer to enjoy scenic alpine walks or during winter for a snow-filled ski break.

On the Mediterranean coast, glamour rules the yacht-filled towns of St. Tropez and Cannes, while inland, Provence has Roman ruins, purple lavender fields and lovely rosé wines.

Numerous major airports serve flights to and from France: Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports in Paris, Côte d'Azur International Airport in Nice and Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport in Lyon. Ride trams or metros in France’s bigger cities, take the train between cities or rent a car to get out into the countryside. Fall under the spell of this enchanting country.

Popular cities in France

Vieux Port featuring boating and a marina
Marseille
Known for Port, Business and Café

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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
Opera House featuring a statue or sculpture and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people
Montpellier
Known for Walking, Historical 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 showing street scenes, heritage architecture and signage
Nice
Known for Dining, Rocky 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 park 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 Rocky 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 showing a river or creek, boating and a city
Strasbourg
Known for Cathedral, Historical and Tour

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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

Nothing says Paris like this landmark of iron latticework emblematic of the City of Light. 

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

Home to the Mona Lisa, and instantly recognizable by its glass pyramid, this landmark has vast collections of well-known art from France and around the world. 

Disneyland® Paris
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Disneyland® Paris

Venture to Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe Shopping Center—just two of the top sights around Disneyland® Paris, a city also notable for its theme parks and entertainment.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

An imposing monument at the center of a busy traffic intersection, the archway rises majestically above the city, with coveted city views.

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles

Venture to Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars—just two of the top sights around Palace of Versailles, a city also notable for its monuments and architecture.

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.