Best French day trips from Paris

7 Of The Best Day Trips from Paris

While the City of Lights is a stunning bucket-list destination in and of itself, consider an adventure outside of the city limits. Try these day trips from Paris for a change of pace and to see a different side of France.

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1. Monet’s Gardens

Monet’s Gardens are one of the top attractions outside of Paris with good reason. The former home of Claude Monet and his manicured gardens that inspired his famous water lilies. Located in Giverny, the house and gardens are only one hour outside of the city, making it a great afternoon or day trip into the countryside.

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2. Versailles

Versailles was the French royal palace for more than 100 years between 1682 and 1789. The palace is another top attraction thanks to its renowned hall of mirrors and the manicured gardens. Just half an hour from Paris, plan to spend a full day here as the grounds take quite some time to cover.

Best French day trips from Paris

3. Bruges, Belgium

Three hours northeast from Paris, this Belgian city is quite recognisable for its oceanside proximity to the quaint county capital. Visit Markt square for stunning 13th-century architecture as well as a slower pace of life than that of the French powerhouse.

Best day trips from Paris

4. Loire Valley

Just two hours outside of Paris is the Loire Valley which is known for its crisp white wines and forested parks that border the Loire river. Take a countryside drive to a winery for an afternoon of sampling vintages. So enjoy a leisurely day and pack a picnic.

5. Normandy

For many, Normandy is a bucket list destination to pay respects and trace the steps of the soldiers who stormed the beach on D-Day. The dramatic coastline of white chalk cliffs and breaking waves is a serene natural setting compared to the bustle of the City of Lights. Brush up on your history before you go.

6. Mont Saint-Michel

The beautiful sight of Mont-Saint-Michel can be found within Normandy as well. The little island with the towering fortification dates to the 8th century and draws many people to its walls each year. It’s one of France’s most recognisable landmarks and is an accurate representation of the old ways of the feudal system.

7. Provins

This little commune in north-central France holds stunning medieval architecture featuring ramparts and fortified gates. There are towers and underground tunnels to wander, but one of the true sites to see is the Rose Garden. Take your camera for this picturesque journey.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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