The Best Weekend Trips From Paris
For when you've had your fill of city life and want to escape to a more tranquil destination.
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France is divided into 13 metropolitan regions, and the reality is that each are worth seeing in their own right. From the northernmost region, Normandy, down to Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France is brimming with rich history, incredible vineyards, and exquisite food. And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The cultural significance contained within the 13 regions is felt worldwide; just think of the influence Bordeaux wines have over sommeliers around the globe or how quickly summer styles in Cannes circulate around the internet.
All this to say, if Paris is currently serving as your home base, it’s a perfect launchpad for other French excursions. If all you have is a weekend, traveling within the country usually takes just a quick flight and allows travelers to see how drastically French culture varies from city to city. And, of course, you can also easily travel outside of France for a long weekend, thanks mainly to the efficient trains and short flights. Exploring some of the surrounding countries, like Switzerland or Spain, can actually provide further insight into how France has impacted European culture beyond its borders.
If you’re looking for a weekend trip from Paris this summer or fall, these seven destinations won’t disappoint.