7 Must See Attractions in France

7 Must See Attractions in France

Written By: Basil

It’s not hard to convince people to travel to France, and in fact, it’s one of the top rated destinations for most travelers in the world. The ambience and atmosphere in France is just so…French. Sometimes there’s just no other way to put it because it’s picture-perfect, and there’s so much history and culture that just oozes out from every building in the city.

After my last trip to France I thought I would create some of the top attractions to see if you’re visiting the country, especially if you’re predominantly located near Paris. If you are spending more than a few days in the city I highly recommend that you venture out into the countryside so that you can see more of the country than just Paris, because there’s a lot to offer!

Louvre Museum

When you’re in France, the Louvre Museum is a must-see attraction. Some of the most famous works of art are featured in the museum such as the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa. Many historic pieces are part of the collection as well as priceless masterpieces -- there are 30,000 pieces of art in the Louvre Museum, which can make it impossible to see everything if you’re only visiting for a short amount time. My recommendation is that you choose a handful of must see pieces -- such as the Mona Lisa -- and see those first. If you have more time or can come back, you can explore more but will still have gotten the essentials in during your short trip.

Palace of Versailles

Seeing the Palace of Versailles in person is just breathtaking. The ornate Baroque interior and architectural detail can literally leave you amazed for days. Visit the area and explore the French gardens, which are iconic in themselves and, if you have a chance, be sure to visit the Hall of Mirrors or the Marie Antoinette hamlet, which adds to the overall experience of exploring the Palace of Versailles. This must-see attraction is definitely an iconic landmark in France and must be added to any itinerary list.

Cote d’Azur

As much as I love Paris, there are many other places in France that you’ll want to check out if you’re visiting the country. Along the coastline, glamorous Cote d’Azur is a must-see destination and is a beautiful spot to visit during the summer months. If you’re lucky you might see a few celebrities walking about and beaches like St. Tropez are iconic, as is Cannes -- these different beaches and resorts give you a different vibe in France, which are glamorous and have such a special ambience.

Eiffel Tower

Of course, a trip to France is not complete until you see the Eiffel Tower, which is considered one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Originally designed in 1889, visitors now can see amazing views from the tower -- be sure to check if it is still open as world events have often caused it to close down for an undetermined amount of time. If you’re not able to go up to the observation deck, you still have plenty of opportunity to check out its beauty from the ground.

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Chartres

Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Chartres has been an exceptional destination for eight centuries. Breathtaking stained-glass windows, centuries old architecture and beautiful setting make the cathedral one of the top destinations to see in France. If you are visiting the Cathedral between April and October, you’ll have the opportunity to see a beautiful nightly light show that incorporates the Cathedral.


One of the things I love most about France is that you can drive to different areas of the country and experience a completely different landscape and ambience. Provence is one such destination that combines the beauty of Italy and France together to create views of olive groves, picture perfect rolling hills and lavender -- everything that you could imagine on a beautiful countryside drive. If you want to walk around the cobblestone streets and grab some coffee at a café, Provence is the perfect place to do that.

Alsace Villages

So many areas in France are like little picture books or fairytales, one of my favorite being the villages in Alsace. Located closer to the border of Germany, these storybook villages are just so quaint and charming, complete with pastel colored homes and cobblestone streets -- simply a perfect way to spend any day in France.

Out of all the countries I’ve ever visited, France is one of my favorite for so many different reasons and I hope that you have an opportunity to visit soon!

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