French Tourist Attractions

If you are flying into France, you might well be arriving at one of Paris’s international airports. If so, you will likely want to begin your visit in Paris first, before heading off to the tourist sites throughout the country. France has much to see and do, with attractions for everyone.
Paris is a great place to start and you will get a sense of the history of France by visiting the important attractions in the city. The Eiffel Tower offers great views, especially in the evening. Notre-Dame and other nearby religious buildings are important tourist stops; be sure to see the gargoyles. The Musee du Louvre is a must-see for the vast amount of well-known masterpieces, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. If you like Impressionist art, you will find a world-renown collection at the Musee d’Orsay.
Paris is a great city for walking, and you will get a good feel of the city, and of France itself, by strolling along the Seine, meandering in the Latin Quarter, and walking up the Champs-Elysees to the Arc De Triomphe.
To visit Versailles, the royal chateau with famed gardens, you will need to leave the city. You can get there easily on the RER Line C, getting off at the Versailles/Rive Gauche station.
After Paris and Versailles, you will find tourist attractions throughout the country. You can head towards Normandy and Rouen; go to Orleans and the Loire Valley, where you can visit the Chateau de Chambord, which is the area’s largest chateau; or go south to Provence and the Riviera, where you can visit Avignon, Cannes, and Nice.