Flights to France from the USA
France is a country of around 67 million people with the sixth largest economy in the world (currency, the Euro) and a surface area that is almost as big as Texas. It has been a major political player on the European scene since the 6th century AD, a tradition that has continued into modern times. Its generally temperate climate is particularly pleasant during the summertime, with hotter weather a feature of the country’s Mediterranean region. France is in the Central European Time Zone, one hour head of GMT, six hours ahead of New York, 7 ahead of Chicago and 9 ahead of L.A.
France is famous for its contribution to the arts, from film and painting to literature and sculpture, and many of the world’s most iconic art galleries are to be found here.
There areflights to France from many major US cities, with Air France linking Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC directly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Paris is of course famous as one of the planet’s most romantic destinations, with its beautiful architecture, lovely green spaces and sophisticated café culture vibe.
France is actually the world’s most visited country, and the French capital contains many of France’s top attractions. The Louvre art gallery takes the prize for both the biggest gallery in the world by size and the most visited such attraction, with tourists drawn to Leonardo’s ‘Mona Lisa’ and the Venus de Milo. The Palace of Versailles, last home of France’s monarchy, the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur basilica are other visitor favorites.
France – so much more than just Paris!
Many visitors stay firmly within the Ile de France – the region containing Paris and its surrounding area. That’s a shame, because the rest of the country has so much to offer.
Air France’s extensive domestic network will take you to every corner of this beautiful country, from the wild Atlantic coast to the banks of the Rhine River and the lavender fields of Provence. A nature-lover’s dream, stand-out locations include the Camargue wetlands with their flamingos and white horses; the Gorges du Verdon (sometimes called Europe’s Grand Canyon) and the French Alps (including western Europe’s highest peak, the Mont Blanc).
The French landscape has also been heavily shaped by humankind and agriculture is still a major industry here, the most famous products of which hail from the vineyards of Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Cognac. A tour and wine-tasting session at a local winery is definitely a vacation highlight for many visitors.
Others, when they think of France, will visualize the superb built heritage, which finds its epitome in medieval and Renaissance castles – the famous ‘châteaux’ - and cathedrals. One of France’s most popular – and instantly recognizable – sights is the Mont St-Michel, which in some ways is a combination of both castle and cathedral. This fortified abbey on a tidal island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Although France boasts thousands of castles, the most famous by far are those situated in the Loire Valley. Their stunning architectural designs and exquisitely landscaped grounds were some of the finest creations of Renaissance Europe and they find their supreme expression in castles like Chambord, Chenonceau and Azay-le-Rideau. In contrast, France’s most beautiful churches, its Gothic cathedrals, are concentrated further north. The majestic cathedrals of Amiens, Chartres, Reims, Strasbourg are some of France’s greatest gifts to the world.
If you need a little more inspiration, the Air France website can even help you plan your vacation activities!
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