France crams a lot of incredible cities, mysterious châteaux, stunning beaches and majestic mountains into an area smaller than Texas. It would take a lifetime to discover all there is to do all over the country, and each part of France has its own distinct vibe. So to help you plan your trip to France, here is a rough guide to the different cities and regions in this amazing country that is more than worth discovering.
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France’s capital, also known as the City of Lights, needs no introduction. Chances are any trip to France will include flights in and out of Paris, so why not tack on a day or two on either side of your trip to see such sites as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Luxembourg Gardens?
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Loire Valley (Vallée de la Loire)
Loire Valley is known as the birthplace of the French language we stumble through speaking today. The area is particularly popular with visitors who come to see the châteaux; more then 300 of them are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Once fortifications or royal residences, now few castles are open for the public. Some were turned into hotels, while others serve as homes. Even a drive through the valley offers incredible sights, especially in the fall.
Provence and the Côte d’Azur
The southeast corner of France may just be one of the most varied and beautiful regions on earth. From the French Alps in the Swiss border to the lavender fields of Provence to the best beaches on the Mediterranean, this part of France has something for everyone.