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Best Places to Visit in France

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France is home to some of the most beautiful cities, towns and countrysides on the globe. U.S. News considered factors like variety of attractions, lodging, weather and culinary scenes to create this ranking. So whether you're seeking an action-packed sightseeing adventure or a relaxing wine retreat, you'll find a fun French vacation here.

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#1 Paris

#1 in Best Places to Visit in France

Paris is one of the world's best places to visit, so it's no surprise it tops this list. France's capital city attracts visitors year-round with iconic attractions like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, unparalleled dining and shopping scenes, and incredible architecture. Keep in mind, Paris is often flooded with tourists and room rates can be pricey. If you're looking for a deal, travel in the winter or early spring. Read More »

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#2 Aix-en-Provence

#2 in Best Places to Visit in France

Quaint, charming Aix-en-Provence is a university town known for its wide boulevards, cute cafes and lively markets. Life moves at a more leisurely pace here than in other French cities, meaning it's the perfect place for travelers to get to know the locals and get lost in the scenic streets. Make sure to add the Cathedrale St. Sauveur and Le Grand Marche – two of the city's top attractions – to your itinerary. Read More »

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#3 Nice

#3 in Best Places to Visit in France

Glamorous Nice occupies a picturesque spot along the French Riviera. Beach bums and culture hounds alike will enjoy the city's pebbly shores, engaging museums, boutique shops and Baroque palaces. You'll likely spend a pretty penny on lodging and beach access, but experiencing Nice is worth it. To save some coin, travel in mid-March to April or September to October, the area's shoulder seasons. Read More »

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#4 Cannes

#4 in Best Places to Visit in France

Famous for its annual film festival in May, Cannes is just as impressive (and much less congested) other times of the year. Cannes is another French Riviera hot spot that welcomes travelers looking for a little relaxation. Visitors can sightsee as they stroll along La Croisette, the city's mile-long promenade, or sit down for an exquisite meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Feeling lucky? Stop by one of the city's casinos. Read More »

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#5 Bordeaux

#5 in Best Places to Visit in France

This wine-growing hub woos travelers with its riverbank location and surrounding countryside. With more than 100,000 vineyards, Bordeaux offers ample choices for those looking to sip some of the best wines in the world. In the city center, marvel at the Gothic-style Basilica of St. Michael, walk across the Pont de Pierre stone bridge, snap a photo of the iconic Place de la Bourse and enjoy the Public Garden's pathways and flora.

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#6 Burgundy

#6 in Best Places to Visit in France

Another popular wine region, Burgundy is home to rolling hills, superior cuisine and an array of vineyards. Those visiting Burgundy must spend time exploring the medieval villages, historic abbeys and museums that call this area home. And of course, you can't leave without trying the region's vino, which mainly uses the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. Read More »

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#7 Loire Valley

#7 in Best Places to Visit in France

For a romantic escape, visit the Loire Valley in central France. Situated along the Loire River, the area is peppered with châteaux, bed-and-breakfasts, farms and wineries. The region itself is even a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its beauty and historic villages. Plan to spend some time in a few of the valley's laid-back cities, such as Orléans, Tours and Saumur.

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