France extends from the English Channel to the Mediterranean Sea, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rhine River and the Alps. There's so much to see in France, it's impossible to see it all in one visit. There's the glitter, romance and history of Paris; the relaxed glitz of the Riviera; the wine countries of Burgundy and Bordeaux and the solemn beaches and war memorials in Normandy, just to name a few highlights. There's something for practically every interest in this diverse country. Paris, the capital of France, is the most visited city in the country. It's easy to see why. The "City of Lights" is the French fashion and economic capital as well as its seat of government and cultural center. There you'll find the Louvre and Orsay art museums as well as a score of smaller art enclaves; some of the most famous fashion houses in the world; grand boulevards that were just made for an afternoon stroll; romantic river boats along the Seine; sidewalk cafes; the iconic Eiffel Tower and so much more.
As appealing as Paris can be, it is far from the only interesting place to visit in France. In fact, no single visit can possibly encompass all that this fascinating country has to offer. Other popular French tourist destinations include: Nice and the French Riviera The French Riviera, which extends from St. Tropez to the Italian border, boasts palm trees, elegant casinos, sand and small stone beaches, charming harbors and fresh seafood. Versailles Located just outside of Paris, Versailles is best known for the palace of the same name, once home to the French court. Today, you can tour the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette's bedroom as well as stroll through the manicured gardens. Tours Located along the Loire River, Tours is the center of France's Chateaux district. More than a dozen grand palaces and historic country mansions dot the landscape. Normandy This province, located on the English Channel, is best known for the beaches that were the launching site of the Allied invasion during World War II. Memorials to the men who died there can be found along the seaside. However, there is more to see in Normandy. The area is known for its apple cider, quaint villages and Gothic cathedrals. This is also the home of Monet's home at Giverny and the medieval tapestry at Bayeux. Grenoble and the French Alps Many also travel to France for the skiing. The more than two dozen French ski resorts in the Alps and surrounding mountains include Chamonix, Courcheval, Megeve and Val d'Isere. You can also visit an elegant Le General Hotel in Paris
French is the official language of France. Although English and many other European languages are often spoken and/or understood, you shouldn't assume everyone you meet speaks your language. Learning at least a few words of French before you travel can go a long way towards making a good first impression with the French men and women you meet.