There’s a reason that France ends up near the top of lots of travel bucket lists—the country is simply one of the most beautiful places in the world. Although many other places rival France for that title, the sheer variety of views in this western European country, from the heights of the Alps to the lush Loire Valley to the French Riviera, ensure that it maintains a spot near the top year after year. After all, how can you argue with views like these?
Let’s start with the tip-top of views in France. This one takes us high up in the French Alps, near Chamonix and Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps. Located near the Italian-French border, Mont Blanc is popular with tourists, skiers and climbers. It’s also the location of the Aiguille du Midi, the “needle” on the Mont Blanc massif. From here, 3,777 meters up, you can experience a wonderful view: a breathtaking panoramic view of Mont Blanc and the Alps. The ascent of the needle is equally breathtaking, as you’ll ride the world’s highest vertical ascent cable car. You’ll climb nearly 3,000 meters during your ascent. If you’re brave, chance a glance beneath you; even if you don’t dare look down, you can still enjoy the stunning views of the mountains as you climb up into the clouds.
It’s hard to top the Aiguille du Midi, but even if it’s not as high, the Eiffel Tower is ultimately the most iconic view of France—and for good reason. Whether you’re standing atop the tower, at 324 meters, or viewing it from the Champ de Mars or even at the top of another building to catch that quintessential Parisienne cityscape, the Eiffel Tower is practically symbolic of France. The tower, which was originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair, was supposed to be torn down, but proved so popular that it’s been standing ever since. The tower provides an excellent observation point to see Paris from on high, which is beautiful both day and night. The tower itself is also an iconic part of the cityscape of Paris and is often illuminated at night. There’s a reason the tower remains the most visited paid monument in the world.
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