120 minutes from Paris
Like castles? You’ll love the Loire Valley. A day trip to this central French region will lead you to not one, not two, but three outrageously grand fortresses. Admire the most exceptional example of French Renaissance architecture in Château de Chambord, marvel at the river-straddling Château de Chenonceau (aka the Ladies' Castle, for some reason) and explore the sprawling Château de Cheverny. Forts galore. When you're done pretending to be lord and lady of the castle, keep in mind that Loire Valley is famed for Rillettes. try and find it on a menu. Good food, that.