There’s something magical about France. For many people, it’s the dream vacation spot of a lifetime. But France often gets boiled down in our minds to simply Paris. Paris has a number of amazing sights to see, but there is far more to this beautiful country than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. If you’re planning to travel to France, here are a few of the destinations that you should absolutely consider visiting:
Marseille is France’s second-largest city as well as one of the oldest cities in all of Europe. It’s a major Mediterranean seaport with a perfect climate and endless activities. When you visit Marseille, you should absolutely spend at least one day on a boat enjoying the serene beauty of the Mediterranean and dining on French cuisine. You can also enjoy excellent medieval architecture and Roman ruins from this beautiful seaport.
Strasbourg is the seat of the European Parliament and sits on the border between France and Germany. Here you can visit important institutions like the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. You can also enjoy exceptional architecture and scenery in the city’s historic center, Grande Ile.
- Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most visually stunning places you’ll ever see. The medieval structures seem to rise out of nowhere in a vast sea of tidal mud flats in Normandy. The main attraction is the Abbey, one of the most popular places to visit in France. History buffs will also find the experience of visiting the beaches of Normandy that were stormed on D-Day extremely powerful.
Yes, we know, everybody goes to Paris. But there’s good reason for that. Paris is the home of the Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre. The Eiffel Tower in particular is one of those experiences that never fails to impress. Bring a picnic from a local French bistro and enjoy a wonderful night beneath the lights of the tower to put the cherry on your French experience.
US travelers do not need any sort of France visa in order to visit the country. You simply need a valid US passport with at least two blank pages and at least 6 months validity from your return date. If you don’t hold a US passport or if you have any particular questions about travel to France, contact our team. We’re always here to help!
Rob Lee is co-founder of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.