Plan a Trip to France
By Mary Anne Evans, About.com Guide
Here you'll find some travel essentials you should know before traveling to France. Here you can plan your trip, get information on the largest French cities and learn a few fun facts to get you started.
Getting to France
There are many options for flying to France from the U.S.A. with most visitors making Paris or Nice their first stop. If you are coming from the U.K. try Eurostar.
Maps of France
Maps of France and Paris are a must if you plan to visit. You can find rail and train maps, an interactive map of major French cities, online France country maps, lists of top road atlases and Paris city maps and more in this index of maps of France and Paris.
Where to Go in France
Paris is unforgetable, but there is so much more to see in France. France is a glorious mosaic of different regions and areas, each with its own character, landscape and architecture. You'll find exciting cities, fabulous seaside towns, amazing mountain villages and undiscovered treasures, making every visit to France a rich new experience.
- Regions of France
- Top 10 Most Underrated Destinations in France
- France Itinerary of Major Cities
- Paris Travel Guide
- Nice, France Travel Guide
Where to Stay in France
It can be a challenge to find the best lodging for you in France. Figure out how to get great bargains at budget hotels, campgrounds and inns, or live like a king at some of this country's most luxurious chateaux hotels and upscale accommodations.
- Lodging Options in France
- FRench Hotel Rating System
- Logis de France Inns
- Book a Hotel in France
- French Chateau Hotels
- Gites de France
- Camping in France
- Paris Hotel Reviews
- Romantic Hotels in Paris
- Ski Resort Hotels in France
Getting Around France
If you plan to visit France, you need to know all the ins and outs of getting in around this country. Once you land at the airport, your adventures are not over. Find out about France's extensive and reliable rail network, flying within Europe, rental cars and the thorough bus systems.
- Using France's Railway System
- France Rail Map
- Choosing the Right Rail Pass
- Packing for Train Travel
- Peugeot Open Europe Buyback Car Rental Program
Before visiting France, be sure you understand all the rich and varied nuances of the French culture. This could mean the difference between an enjoyable trip and an unpleasant one. Follow these tips and guides to French culture before you visit France.
When to Go
No matter when you visit France, there will be plenty going on. To help you plan, here is a month-by-month calendar. You'll find national holidays, typical weather, major events and more. Choose the right timing for your next French vacation.