Wanting to get out of the city for a romantic getaway weekend? Planning a girls day trip? We’ve rounded up the ten best places to travel outside of Paris–places that aren’t too far and easily accessible. Get the best French getaways by visiting these charming locations – so close to the city, and rich with history – on your next trip to Paris!
Just about an hour on the RER outside of Paris, this smaller town is one of the oldest in France! Its main attraction is its cathedral (also called Notre Dame) that’s been there since the twelfth century. It’s truly like stepping back in time. Plus, the town is full of shops and delicious spots to eat. It’s the perfect place for a girl’s weekend!
About two hours away from Paris is the Champangé commune, which envelops small towns in the northwest of France like Reims. Unsurprisingly, this is the area where champagne comes from! Take a wine or champagne tasting tour, visit Reims cathedral, or visit the castle of Sedan, one of the largest in Europe.
Only 40 euros by train and two hours away from Paris is lovely Bordeaux, a small town on the water. This area is the perfect one to visit a vineyard, but if you’re not a wine lover there are plenty of museums and other things to see in the city!
A little closer to Paris is Versailles, home to none other than Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. However, you don’t have to visit Versailles the way a typical tourist might! Try a bike trip with Bike About Tours!
If you have kids or even if you’re just a kid at heart, Disneyland is a great place to spend a day. This time of year, it’s always seasonally decorated so if you’re wanting to get into the holiday spirit, this is the place for you!
Just about two hours from Paris, Giverny was home to Claude Monet for a period of time. If you’re a fan of impressionism, you can see some of his work in a small museum dedicated to the Impressionist movement or visit his house while you’re there!
Off the coast of Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel is a small island that boasts a small town and the Gothic church that partially inspired the castle in the 2010 animated film Tangled. From Paris, the RER train ride is about five hours, but the view once you get there is most definitely worth it.
Normandy itself is a great place to visit, situated in the North of France and about two and a half hours away from Paris. Not only can you visit Mont Saint-Michel, but you can also visit the beaches of Normandy, stormed during World War II and the memorial to those that died. The town itself and the views are enough to merit this trip.
Once home to those such as Leonardo da Vinci, the Loire Valley is situated in central France, about two hours away from Paris. Visit the Chateau de Chambord or the Chateau de Chenonceau before stopping at one of the many vineyards famous to the Loire.
Chateau de Fontainebleau
About an hour outside of Paris is Chateau de Fontainebleau, one of the best spots we can think of to take an Instagram picture. This is a great place to spend a day with your girls!
Whether you’re with the girls or wanting a romantic getaway, we hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your next excursion outside the city!
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