4 Road Trip Ideas in France That Make Renting a Car in Paris Worth It
Paris: the city of light, of love, of beautiful people and incredible food. There is so much to do and discover in Paris that you could spend a whole trip there and still desire a return visit.
Furthermore, beyond Paris there are a number of amazing parts of France that deserve a visit too. Places like the Loire Valley, Normandy, Versailles, and Alsace are unique ways to add onto your itinerary and enjoy beautiful France beyond Paris.
The train system is easy, safe, and efficient for getting around Europe, however, another option to consider for getting around is to rent a car.
Not only do you have your own mode of transportation and can get from place to place on your schedule, but you can stop along the way and get caught up in the spontaneity of a magical European road trip.
Chances are if you’re planning a road trip around France, you’re likely starting your journey in Paris. While you won’t need a rental car in the Paris city center, it’s smart to look into renting a car in Paris as you visit the other locations.
4 Fun Road Trip Ideas in France from Paris
Only about an hour drive from the city center of Paris, the Palace of Versailles is an incredible wonder to see. It was the royal residence for Louis XIV from the 17th century until the beginning of the French Revolution in the last 1700s.
Versailles is very popular for tourists visiting Paris. Be sure to get there early in the day to have better luck with lines!
Hop in the car and drive for around 1.5-2 hours south of Paris and you’ll find yourself along the Loire River among the towns of the Loire Valley.
Get ready for castles, vineyards, and historic architecture that truly makes you feel like you’re in France. The Loire Valley was also home to Leonardo da Vinci in his final stage of life and Queen Catherine de Medici
Around 2.5 hours west of Paris by car is the region of Normandy, France, with Omaha Beach (the site from World War II) out on the coast a little over three hours from Paris.
This is where “D-Day” and the Normandy Invasion of Word War II occurred. Famous Mont-Saint-Michel is also part of the Normandy region, a commune on its own island off the Northwest coast of France.
Drive about six hours directly east of Paris and scope out the fairytale towns out the window before you arrive in the Alsace region.
Alsace is near the French-German-Swiss border and looks like a real-life setting of Beauty and the Beast. Enjoy strolling past brightly-painted homes and buildings and feel full French charm.
Have fun on your trip to France! Don’t forget to book your rental car for Paris beforehand when you plan your trip! The Viajemos website makes it easy to book your rental car easily.
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