France

France Travel Guide

As one of the largest countries in Europe, it can be difficult to take the entire country of France in, but it is possible to travel to France and enjoy the best of its culture. Those who visit France will find it has a varied topography, which includes everything from the French Alps to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, offering visitors a chance to personally design their trip. What’s more, France is a country rich in history, making it home to some of the most famous museums, monuments, architectural feats and historical sites in the world. As a major destination, France travel is easy and visitors will find a nation that’s relatively easy to navigate even with language barriers and that caters to tourists looking for a budget-friendly vacation or a luxury-filled escape from the norm. Whatever your reason for visiting, the country is sure to impress, bearing repeat visits in the years ahead. Use Travel + Leisure’s France travel guide as a blueprint for what will surely be an unforgettable trip.

Things Not to Miss in France

• Visit wineries in Champagne and Bordeaux, the hearts of French wine country, or head to Normandy for delicious, locally produced cider and apple brandy
 • Take in the best of the French Riviera by visiting the cities of Marseille, Nice and Montpellier
 • Experience French Basque culture in Biarritz, located on the French-Spanish border
 • See The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Garden and other unforgettable sights in Paris
 • Head to Grenoble for easy access to skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering in the French Alps
 • Check out the city of Strasbourg, which shares both French and German cultural heritage and serves as the seat of the European Parliament
 • Follow the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh and stay in the exceedingly charming city of Arles where he created some of his most amazing works

When to Go to France

As with any country of its size, climates vary widely across France with cities in the north and northwestern reaches of the country experiencing temperate climates (Parisian summers rarely exceed daily temperatures of 80 degrees) and the southeastern swaths of France weathering Mediterranean climates complete with warm, humid summers and mild, cool winters. Still, spring and summer is the best time to visit France if only for a chance at taking in the best weather the country has to offer. Unless, of course, you’re hoping to take part in more wintry activities. In that case, the best time to visit France and the French Alps is between December and March.

Articles about France

On Sunday, 433 balloonist took to the skies in Chamblet-Bussieres, France. This feat broke the world record for the most hot-air balloons taking off simultaneously in one place. The previous record was 391 balloons back in 2013 at the very same sp...
A new world record for the number of hot air balloons soaring into the sky simultaneously has been set in France. At an air base in Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, on Sunday, enthusiasts from more than 40 countries set out in 433 balloo...
A new world record for the number of hot air balloons soaring into the sky simultaneously has been set in France. At an air base in Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, on Sunday, enthusiasts from more than 40 countries set out in 433 balloo...
Triple-digit temperatures have been a consistent theme in Paris this summer. For appetites flattened by the spiking mercury, take advantage of the seemingly endless supply of small plates restaurants popping up around town. Here, some of our favor...
Seeing the sights of Paris is one thing, but taking them all in via a plane ride that last less than two minutes can only be described as a trip. The Acrobatic Patrol of France (Patrouille de France) recently released a video featuring12 planes fl...
Paris is in the midst of a massive hotel boom. It started last year, with the unveiling of the Peninsula Paris, and hasn’t slowed since. With new hotels and massive renovations throughout the city, each hotel is bringing its own cache of luxury, a...
When I moved to France and finally had my own freezer to fill, I was surprised to discover that French store-bought ice cream is terrible. The only brands that don’t consist of air, seaweed-based stabilizers, and artificial everything, are Haagen-...
Making our way onto a crowded New York subway car during rush hour with a massive bicycle case in tow was no easy task. Along with having to skip a couple of trains for sheer lack of space, we were also greeted with looks of disgust (and a fair am...
Making our way onto a crowded New York subway car during rush hour with a massive bicycle case in tow was no easy task. Along with having to skip a couple of trains for sheer lack of space, we were also greeted with looks of disgust (and a fair am...
Making our way onto a crowded New York subway car during rush hour with a massive bicycle case in tow was no easy task. Along with having to skip a couple of trains for sheer lack of space, we were also greeted with looks of disgust (and a fair am...