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Top Ten places to Visit in France

Updated on March 10, 2012

When you are in a country like France it can be a very over whelming experience. Because it is not what you should go see, but what you should start with first. Paris is the largest attraction in France, and when you are there you get a sense of artistry and relaxation that Paris is famous for. Every Paris France native you run into jolts your imagination that you might be meeting the next Famous painter. There is any number of locations to visit and see while you are there here is a list of the Top Ten must See places in France

1.) The Louvre

The most famous of art galleries in the world and is a must for any visitor to Paris, France. It contains more history of France or the world for that matter than any other museum. It houses the greatest artistic talents from the past including Leonardo da Vinci. Considered the most famous painting ever created, his Mona Lisa sits in a pose and possess that secretive smile that is a must see.

2.) The Eiffel Tower

The next stop on our list of famous land marks that are a must see while visiting Paris France is the Eiffel Tower. In history, the tower was once ridiculed by Frances top artistic artist as the worst monstrosity ever creates. Of course, now it is regarded as one of Paris Frances main attractions. It is one of the world’s wonders. Inside you can pick up a number of souvenirs, dine in fine restaurants and then take an elevator to the top and have a wonderful view of Paris at night.

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower
Cathedral of Notre Dame
Cathedral of Notre Dame
The Louvre
The Louvre
Arc de Triumph
Arc de Triumph

3.) French Riviera

France has some of the most exotic beaches in the world, the most famous of these destinations are nice, Canne, and St Lopez. Its beaches are so magnificent and are the perfect place for a romantic interlude on your trip. The night life along these areas is unparalleled, whatever you imagine can happen most likely will.

4.) The Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre dame was made famous in the book by Victor Hugo. The entire story of Notre dame revolves around a humpback which we have learned to cherish and love. It is famous for its stone architecture complete with magnificent relics of old Christianity along with gothic faces of gargoyles. The Notre dame Cathedral is a must see on your tour. So make sure you remember your camera when visiting this historical icon.

5.) Napoleon's Arc de Triumph

Another must see for French history buff is the famous land mark Arc de Triumph. It was originally built in honor of the French military that fought alongside napoleon in the napoleonic wars. Watch out the natives might tell you when you get there that if you don’t know your way around Paris you may just end up going in circles around this great landmark. Due, to the confusing degrees of traffic entering and leaving this roundabout in the middle of Paris.

6.) Disneyland

If, you are experiencing a little homesickness, then check out Disney Euro. It has all the inner workings of Disney land in the states with nightly parades fireworks and many different attractions that are fun for the entire family. You won’t be totally out of Europe if you go here because there is a French twist to everything. (Smile)

7.) Historic Normandy

During the mid-20th century, Germany ravaged the land or France. During that time, many countries fought and died to get rid of the Nazis once and for all. Normandy is one of these places where the dead are honored for their great service is in Normandy. Normandy itself has seen too many wars and battles, the most famous being fought here in the early 1400’s by Joan of Arc.

8.) Lourdes

One famous religious landmark in France is where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. It is now a popular place to pilgrimage and devotees to the Virgin Mary. So as well it has become a very popular tourist attraction. Some still say that, in the right light, you can still see the Virgin Mary here and when you do all your ills are taken from you. Will you be the next one to see the Blessed Virgin Mary?

9.) Musee d'Orsay

This is another famous land mark museum it is actually located in an old railway station. It is just another testimony at how much the French love their old world art. If, you are an art lover, the French are more than willing to help you through the concepts and generalities of their famous art work.

10.) Vineyards

Of course, what is France without their famous wine? French Vineyards produce some of the most extraordinary wine on the face of the planet. There are many wine tasting and tours that you can go on when you visit them so why not get a little buzz while enjoying it. If, you go while wine is in season, you can usually find wine celebrations and help squish the grapes for next seasons wine production.

No matter what you decide to do in France don’t miss these top 10 sites and truly enjoy your French Experience.


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    Wendy Iturrizaga 

    9 years ago from France

    Anyone coming to France should experience the lifestyle in the countryside. A day-visit to one of the famous French Vineyards is a must when visiting France.

  • Kadmiels profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Florida

    France is one of the best locations they have such a unique history, culture and traditions that are fun to explore

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    10 years ago

    awesome video. I did my country report on france this year. It was so cool

  • Powerpoe1 profile image


    10 years ago

    Voted Up!& Rated Beautiful! Love the European experience~

  • france1982 profile image


    10 years ago from Planet Earth

    plus,.. I think Avignon is an amazing place too... :)P

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    10 years ago

    good place for information

  • thedutchman profile image


    10 years ago

    nice hub about France, i also wanna help travelers who plans to see beautiful France, check my hub here for tips on how to save some when thinking about visiting this country.

  • viaterra profile image


    10 years ago from Brittany, France

    Great page ! You could add many more places indeed, in fact the list would be endless. I am working on a similar topic, but with dedicated pages for each region. I started with Brittany. All the best. Denis

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    Susan Hazelton 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    You've piacked out some truly beautiful and fun places. I hope someday to get to see every one of them. Wonderful writing.

  • Kadmiels profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago from Florida

    i will have to write more on awsome places to see in france there are a lot more so narrowing it down to 10 was painful. So maybe ill create a 20 list next time :)

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    Mr. X 

    11 years ago

    We are using this site for research on France. Thanks for the pictures for us to use!

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    11 years ago

    Limiting it to ten is painful - there's so much here to see! For the real France, "la France profonde," you can't beat the southwest. The chateaux of the Dordogne valley are wonderful,real castles rather than the lovely but kind of flouncy Loire variety. And of course the cave painting at Lascaux and Pech Merle are a must see (well, if you like cave paintings, that is). But best of all here, for me at least, is the endless unspoiled countryside dotted with pristine medieval villages. It's less obvious tourism - there aren't souvenir stands or crowds of people following a guide holing up a red umbrella or anything like that - but it's another way of life, beautiful and moving. But I'm biased - I have the good fortune to live here.

    Gregory Mose

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    11 years ago

    You've missed out the natural wonders of France. Two highlights are the Verdon gorge and Mont Blanc. Also how about Carcassonne. These are all definitely top ten attractions, so jettison the Arc de Triomphe (big and dull), Disneyland (garish and dull), and Vineyards (just dull - though the wine's not!).

  • shal2788 profile image


    11 years ago

    yes i have been to Palace of Versailles!

    There I saw the most wonderful park and it was so amazing...

    I still can't forget my experience being in that Versailles park

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    11 years ago your list, but what about the Palace of Versailles?? No trip to France is complete without a visit to old Louis' place.

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    Daniel Christian 

    11 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Those are fantastic recommendations. Thanks for sharing.

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    11 years ago

    loved Disney! if you want to have a fun day worth to visit:)

  • Kadmiels profile imageAUTHOR


    12 years ago from Florida

    You do not need kids to enjoy disneyland you just need to be a kid at heart :)

  • Lady_E profile image


    12 years ago from London, UK

    Lovely. I've only been to Paris. I would really love to see Euro Disneyland but I'd have to borrow a friends kid so it doesn't look to obvious. :)


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