Top 5 Places to Go in France

France has long been considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world.While this still rings true, nothing is less romantic than having no plan and nowhere to go.This is where my top 5 list of places to go in France comes in:

1. Eiffel Tower

Could there be any other number one? The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the entire world and a visit to France without visiting the Eiffel Tower should be criminal.The tower stands over 1,000 feet tall and a visit to the top level is nothing short of breath taking.Looking for a place to have lunch?The tower has a restaurant 300 feet up on the first level of the platform.

The history surrounding the tower, and the awe it inspires to hundreds of thousands of people every year, should be enough to make a trip to the tower mandatory.

2. Louvre

The Louvre is one of, if not the, most well known museums in the entire world.Over 8.5 million people visit the Louvre on an annual basis to take in the world’s most spectacular art collection.The Louvre’s most popular exhibit, and perhaps the world’s most popular piece of art, is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.Other popular artists on display include Raphael, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt.

3. French Riviera

The French Riviera is 560 miles of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea in Southeast France.The iconic beaches and beautiful, warm waters makes for a brilliant and relaxing vacation destination.

One of the things that the French Riviera is best known for is the festivals hosted along the coastline.In February, there is nothing like Carnival in the town of Nice, almost on the boarder of France and Italy.During the month of May, the Riviera sees the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco, the Rose Festival in Grasse, and, for all the film buffs, the famed Cannes Film Festival hosted annually in Cannes.Finally, Nice hosts a world renowned Jazz festival every July.

4. Arch de Triomphe

Another one of Paris’ most famous monuments is this Arc de Triomphe (the Arch of Triumph).A smaller and similar arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, stands near the Louvre and is also worth seeing.This arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.Architecture fans will appreciate the Roman style motifs in the design of the Arch.Beneath the arch is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI.France saw very bloody trench warfare during WWI and this tomb holds a very special sentiment.

5. Normandy

One of the most famous battles of modern warfare was D-Day and the landing at the beach of Normandy.WWII buffs will appreciate the several museums and tours of the landing site.Those of us less inclined to visit old battle sites, will appreciate the second most popular tourist location, behind Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Mont St. Michel.The Mont has been used in several wars as a stronghold in the past, but now is a tourist local and commune of sorts.The breath-taking view of the castle and buildings built right into the rock, is a memory that will not leave you anytime soon.

Like the locations listed above?Or do you feel I’m missing one of France’s best places to visit in my list of top 5?

Let me know with a comment!

7 Responses to “Top 5 Places to Go in France”
  1. leamuse says:

    While your list is commendable, there is so much more here. One of my blogs is like an endless list of places to go. I must admit when I first visited France, I fell in love. Six weeks a rail pass and back pack and I was hooked. That was just over six years ago. I couldn’t get back to California fast enough to sell my house and move here. That was nearly five years ago and I love it more each day.
    Have you been to Nimes, Carcassonne, Saint Malo, Giverny (Monet’s Gardens)… ? Thanks for visiting my french blog and I am glad you enjoyed a post on the Chateau Termes.
    Bon voyage et bon chance,

  2. leamuse says:

    So many people travel to France thinking only of a few places outside Paris. There is so much more. One of my blogs is dedicated to exploring all of France and sharing it. You seemed to have missed or perhaps did not care for my favorite spot in Paris, Montmartre. I fell in love with the country and its people over six years ago and have been living here nearly five. I love it more each day. Thanks for visiting and I am glad you enjoyed Chateau Termes.
    Bon voyage et bon chance!

    • Haha I appreciate both of these comments! This list is places that we are planning on going next summer and, surprisingly, it is hard to find locations like the ones you talk about both here and in your blog! Almost all of the “places to go in France” on google are the places listed above or others like it. Since writing these posts, I have learned about so many new and fascinating places. I am definitely taking notes on these! Carcassonne does seem amazing the way the wall encompasses the entire place. And Montmatre is definitely now on my list!

  3. OK! First – Arc de Triomphe. Look underneath it with respect – tomb of the unknown soilder. Was there one March and a guy poped out of the wall. It was about 5.20pm, dark. So, he said, appearing from a small door in a leg of the tomb – “A ticket for the museum?” To which I said “ok?” I can’t remember what I paid (frencs) but we went up stone cut stairs inside the leg of the Arc to the Museum inside the top of the Arc. The best bit was going up to the roof of the Arc and watching the city at night from the top of the Arc. The car lights really displayed the madness of the Plas de Charles de Gaul (the only place in Europe where noone will insure a car or driver – NOONE). Wonderful. But that was March. In summer it is mashed full of tourists. What you can see in a day in March takes 5 in July due to the ques, maybe more.

  4. Anita Mac says:

    Your list is a great start, but I have to agree with the other commentors – you will find so many more fabulous places to go, both on and off the tourist trail! I didn’t know you could go inside the Arch either – will have to make a point of doing so when I go back! Love how you can pick up so many great trips from blogs….
    Have a great time!

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