France

This is the world’s most visited country in the world and it’s not hard to see why!

Many people choose France to visit and why wouldn’t you? Glamorous cities, charming villages, renowned art and culture, exquisite food scene, and fantastic wine country. You will never run out of things to do and see!

Cities of Interest

There are so many amazing places to explore in France. To see more about individual cities, click here.

Best time to visit

The cheapest time to travel to this beautiful country is in February and March when the temperatures are a little chilly but spring is on its way. October and November are much more inexpensive as well because the summer crowds are gone but the holiday season hasn’t started up yet.

The most expensive time to visit is June and July when every museum and tourist site is overcrowded and hotels, airfare, trains, and rental car prices are at an all-time high. Plus, it is a bit too warm for my taste.

Weather

Spring is magical in France with fewer crowds and temperatures spanning 55°F to 68°F. This is also a wonderful time to enjoy all the beautiful gardens that are in full bloom. This season is from April to May and allows visitors to enjoy the local markets. Do not go during the Easter school break if you want to avoid large crowds. The Cannes Film festival occurs in May and plays host to the Hollywood crowd.

Fall is another great time to visit during the months of September to October. Temperatures are between 61°F and 77°F and you will be surrounded by stunning fall foliage of vibrant reds, glittering golds, and breathtaking oranges. Crowds are also thinned out because families are back in school. This is also the time that the grape harvest, vendange, begins. Should you decide to visit in October, keep in mind that the first Saturday is known as “White Night” or Nuit Blanche. During this time, all the museums and galleries across Paris open their doors and people flood the street to participate in all-night parties and art festivals.

Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the snow sports locations such as Chamonix, my favorite, and the french alps. Paris is also a good choice during this season because of the low crowd number and the beauty of the city of lights covered in snow. December through March, the main cities are much quieter, and the museums and usual tourist spots are somewhat deserted. However, should you want to attend the famous Christmas markets, which I highly recommend, keep in mind that hotels will need to be booked in advance because they tend to fill up fast. This is especially true for Paris.

Summer, as in most European countries, is the worst time to visit. During the months of June through August, the crowds are out of control at every tourist location and the heat can sometimes be oppressive depending on where you are. The beaches are also packed to the brim with locals and tourists alike trying to catch as many rays as possible. However, if lavender fields are on your list of things to see then July in Provence is where you want to be. Also, the famous Tour de France occurs during July as does Bastille Day, France’s version of the 4th of July in the USA, which is held every 14th of July and is celebrated across the country with parties, fireworks, and live music.

This is a map of the places I visited during my time in this incredible country. For complete, downloadable itineraries for each city, head over to Downloadable Guides and click on France.

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