France's World Heritage Sites

Cave paintings 20,000 years old. A spectacular Roman theater. Breathtaking islands and reefs. France has no shortage of wonders, natural and historic. Tour France's best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Seine River
Seine River

Seine River

Begin your tour of Paris with a stroll along the Seine River. Explore Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, 2 small islands linked to the banks of the Seine by a series of bridges. Head to Île de la Cité to see the Notre Dame Cathedral or head east to visit the charming hotels, cozy restaurants and small shops. 960 1280

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The Louvre

The Louvre

Be one of 8 million people who flock to the Louvre each year. This grand art museum houses 35,000 masterpieces, including the great Venus de Milo, Leonardo da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa," Eugene Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” and, in the Egyptian wing, “The Seated Scribe.” If it’s your first visit, we recommend taking the introductory guided tour for an overview of the museum’s most famous works. 960 1280

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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Eat dinner and see a show at the Moulin Rouge -- the birthplace of can-can in its modern form. Located in Paris’ Pigalle district, this tourist attraction was co-founded in 1889 by businessmen Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller. Artists of all stripes soon flocked to the cabaret, including French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and, in the decades to come, singer Edith Piaf. 960 1280

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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Take a day trip outside of Paris and explore the Palace of Versailles. This enormous castle and gardens was once home to 3 generations of French kings and queens, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the last reigning king and queen of France. See the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapelle Royale, the Grand Trianon, estate of Marie-Antoinette and beautiful gardens. Between April and October, the Musical Fountains Show is worth seeing. 960 1280

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Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica

Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica

Walk the cobblestone streets of Montmartre and make the steep climb to visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. The basilica is located at the highest point in the city, making it the perfect place for panoramic views of Paris. 960 1280

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

French engineer Gustave Eiffel spent 2 years trying to erect the Eiffel Tower for the World’s Fair in 1889. And once he did, Parisians were not immediate fans of the metal monument. Today, of course, it has become part of the city’s familiar landscape. We recommend making a stop at the tower at night to see the amazing light show that usually ends at 1 a.m. 960 1280

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Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

For tourists looking for some amusement park fun, we recommend visiting Disneyland Paris. Although the park has been molded to appeal to European tastes (it has plenty of patio seats for outdoor eating), it is still styled similar to the original theme park, with a Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. 960 1280

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Pont Alexandre III and Grand Palais

Pont Alexandre III and Grand Palais

Cross over the River Seine, by walking along the ornate Pont Alexandre III bridge, to see Grand Palais. The main exhibition space hosts large-scale shows. Previous must-see art shows included an Edward Hopper retrospective, “Marie Antoinette,” and “Picasso and the Masters.” We suggest you book tickets online before you go. 960 1280

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Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay

For art lovers, we suggest a visit to the Musée d'Orsay. Once a railway station, this museum now holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Monet, Degas, Renoir and van Gogh are just a few painters whose works are on display at the museum. 960 1280

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Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

One of the most famous monuments in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. Located in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle -- at the west end of the Champs-Elysees -- the monument has the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its surface. There is a vault beneath the arc that holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. 960 1280

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Champ-Elysees

Champ-Elysees

Champs-Elysees is to Paris what Times Square is to New York City. This famous avenue is a popular destination for shoppers with deep pockets, but shopping isn’t the only reason why people flock to this area. Stop by the statue-lined plaza-terrace at the Place du Trocadero for the city’s best view of the Eiffel Tower. Check out a world-class collection of art from all over Asia at the Musee Guimet. Choose from more than 2 dozen flavors of macaroons at Laduree. 960 1280

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

The bishop of Paris from 1160 to 1196, Maurice de Sully spearheaded the movement to rebuild a cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Located on the Île de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral offers guided tours, but the 360-degree views of the city are what’s really amazing and not to be missed. 960 1280

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Palais Garnier Opera House of Paris

Palais Garnier Opera House of Paris

Built between 1861 and 1875, the Palais Garnier is known for its opulence and architecture, and, most notably, for being the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera. Palais Garnier does provide unaccompanied tours, which also include a walk through the Paris Opera Library-Museum. Designed by Charles Garnier, this palatial, nearly 2,000-seat opera house is now primarily used for ballet performances. 960 1280

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Les Marais

Les Marais

Les Marais is the cool neighborhood in Paris, with hip boutiques, art galleries, designer hotels and fashion houses. Although Les Marais is the hub of the city’s gay community, there are numerous must-see attractions here, including Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris, Musee Carnavalet, a museum that shows how Paris has evolved, Musee des Arts et Metiers, Europe’s oldest science museum, and Centre Pompidou, which houses a large public reading library and the National Museum of Modern Art. 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park greets nearly 4 million visitors each year. 960 1280

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Centuries of wind and water have sculpted the Utah sandstone into over 2,000 natural arches at Arches National Park. 960 1280

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Death Valley

Death Valley

Millions come to Death Valley year-round to soak in the sun,  hike and take in the beauty of this vast, open landscape. 960 1280

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Channel Islands

Channel Islands

Just 90 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, the Channel Islands have 177 miles of coastline with rocky cliffs and beaches. 960 1280

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Columbia River

Columbia River

East of Portland, OR, the Columbia River region has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the United States. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The first US national park, Yellowstone has 2.2 million acres of mountain scenery, animals and endless natural beauty. 960 1280

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Redwoods National Park

Redwoods National Park

Roughly 300,000 visitors come to Redwoods National Park each year to experience the grandeur of the giant redwoods. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

A magnificent example of erosion, the Grand Canyon was formed by water cutting through rocks for millions of years. 960 1280

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Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Since its last eruption 250 years ago, the beautiful Mount Hood volcano has been a paradise for hikers and skiers. 960 1280

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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns consist of 30 miles of vaulted halls and maze-like passages adorned with dazzling formations. 960 1280

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French Riviera
French Riviera

French Riviera

Welcome to the French Riviera aka Côte d'Azur! The southeast coast of Provence, France, is sprinkled with some of the world’s most popular beaches and destinations, including Monaco, Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez. Many celebrities, such as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot, have homes in the region. 960 1280

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Hotel Negresco

Hotel Negresco

The Hotel Negresco is where self-made millionaires and wannabes rub shoulders as this 1906 landmark. The luxury hotel is named after Henri Negresco, who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. Built to attract wealthy vacationers, the Hotel Negresco has 119 guest rooms and 22 suites. 960 1280

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Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

In the spring, Cannes becomes the backdrop for the annual Cannes Film Festival. Celebs donned in the best attire walk the red carpet surrounded by adoring fans and a crowd of paparazzi. 960 1280

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Monte Carlo Beach

Monte Carlo Beach

Monte Carlo Beach -- the most fashionable of all the French Riviera’s beaches -- was once frequented by Princess Grace. The sand was imported to the beach which conveniently runs along the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel. The best time to visit the coastal beach is between July and August. 960 1280

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St. Tropez

St. Tropez

St. Tropez has been called the playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires. It’s also known as the place were French actress Brigitte Bardot was discovered. In addition to the town’s acclaim for its clothing-optional beaches, it also hosts an annual regatta at the end of September that draws numerous superyachts aka luxury yachts. 960 1280

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Museum of Oceanology

Museum of Oceanology

Perched on a cliff on the coast of Monaco, the Oceanology Museum main draw is the famous aquarium with tanks containing every imaginable species of fish, crab and eel. The main floor displays skeletons and taxidermy of enormous sea creatures; as well as, submarines and diving gear from the Middle Ages. Other top attractions in the Riviera include Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, Jardin Exotique de Monaco and Colline de Chateau in Nice. 960 1280

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Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival

If you didn’t know already, the Nice Carnival attracts over a million visitors every year. The first celebration on record dates back to 1294, which probably makes it the original carnival celebration. The Carnival spans a 2-week period with the final day on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). 960 1280

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Chapelle de la Miséricorde

Chapelle de la Miséricorde

Visit Nice’s Chapelle de la Miséricorde to marvel in the chapel’s beautiful architecture, which includes crystal chandeliers and a magnificent altarpiece by Renaissance painter Ludivico Brea. 960 1280

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Nice

Nice

The 2nd largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille, Nice is also the 2nd-most visited place in France after Paris, receiving 4 million tourists every year. The city has a university, several business districts, museums, a national theater, an opera house with a regional library and several concert halls and casinos. Between May and October is the best time to experience the warm Mediterranean climate of this coastal city. 960 1280

  

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The Grand Hotel, built in 1908, competes with the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc as the Riviera’s most opulent. Set in a well-manicured garden, it was once a winter haven for royalty. This posh place to stay has a private beach club with a heated seawater pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant that uses fresh ingredients from the local markets. 960 1280

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Lemon Festival

Lemon Festival

Experience the annual Lemon Festival in Menton. The festival lasts a few days and consists of different bands passing through the city streets on foot or on truck trailers. The Casino Gardens, in the center of the town, are decorated in the theme of the festival, using lemons or citrus fruit to cover the exhibits and huge temporary statues. Past festival themes include Viva Espana, Disney, Neverland and India. 960 1280

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Cannes

Cannes

Cannes is one of the most popular and glamorous resort destinations in Europe. This French coastal city caters to the upscale travelers. Although it’s known as a haven for sun worshippers, the city takes center stage for the annual film festival. Most beaches along La Croisette are owned by hotels and or restaurants. Tourists can rent a sailboat at the port or at some of the beachfront hotels. 960 1280

  

Château de la Napoule

Château de la Napoule

Château de la Napoule has the reputation for being the Riviera’s most eccentric and most fascinating château. The castle was constructed in the 14th century for the Countess of Villeneuve. In 1918, Henry Clews Jr. and his wife, Marie Clews, restored and moved into the castle. The American sculptor created a menagerie of scorpions, pelicans, gnomes, monkeys and other odd sculptures around the castle. 960 1280

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Plage de Tahiti

Plage de Tahiti

Visit Plage de Tahiti, St. Tropez’s sizzlin’ sandy beach. This is France’s most well-known beach because it’s frequented by topless or nude sunbathers. Ever since the days of actress Brigitte Bardot, this beach has been a movie star favorite, and it’s been known to be a cruisy spot for singles. 960 1280

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InterContinental Carlton Cannes

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Not surprising, the InterContinental Carlton, a 1911 hotel that survived World War II attack, is packed during the Cannes Film Festival. The hotel has 343 rooms, including 39 renovated suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 10 meeting rooms and a private beach. With breathtaking views over the Bay of Cannes and its location near city’s shopping district, this is the place to be in Cannes. 960 1280

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