Go On A Loire Valley Road Trip!
The Loire Valley is known as “the garden of France“, and it is an outstanding area of beauty that can offer the perfect driving trip. France’s fascinating royal past is everywhere in the rolling hills and soft valleys of the Loire Valley, with châteaux and palaces waiting to be discovered as you follow the course of the country’s longest river.
Such is the inspiring beauty of the area that it has recently become a Unesco World Heritage Site, an area covering nearly 300 kilometers, that is best explored by car.
The towns and villages of the Loire are well connected by excellent roads that cross some of the most scenic parts of France. Vineyards, forests, and fields of wildflowers provide the backdrop to a driving trip you’ll never forget.
As you drive through the chalkstone villages, stopping off to enjoy some of the region’s famous fruit, vegetables, and cheese, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the variety of attractions along the way. Magical chateaux, like Chateau De Chambord, which was once Francis I’s, beautiful residence, is the largest in the region and costs just 11 euro to visit.
Chateau d’Amboise and Chateau De Blois, both hundreds of years of old and full of history, are also definitely worth exploring. If it’s pure romance that you’re after, a visit to the 16th century Chateau D’Azy De Rideaux will leave you moved and inspired.
The area of the Loire Valley has many vineyards and is known for its wonderful wines. You could spend an afternoon in the lovely town of Chinon, which sits in the center of the national park of the Loire and sample some local wines of the region.
An old castle sits above the town, from where you can see the Loire and the road following its course, leading you to many tucked away villages and gardens that you can discover on your drive.
If you’re looking for culture and entertainment, you are spoiled for choice in the Loire Valley. The vibrant seaport city of Nantes sits on the west of the Loire Valley, and resting along the river as you travel east are the towns of Angers, Tours and the historic city of Orleans, great places to visit for their architecture, restaurants, their bustling shops, and fascinating old towns.
If you’re planning a road trip, you’ll need to make sure you have a comfortable and reliable vehicle. Sheridan Nissan has a great selection!
Jerry Marquardt says
The daises look so cool in that photo! I would most definitely love to travel there.
Oh this looks beautiful! Someday I hope to visit.
Kathy Pease says
I would love to visit there it looks amazing!
Jennifer H. says
This looks so neat!
Denise Hauer says
WOW!!!!!!! This looks like a gorgeous place to add to my bucket list!!! I’m sure pictures don’t do it justice. I LOVE castles <3
micaela6955/Michele P says
I would love to visit Europe one day, and France is definitely on the list. Such a nice area to visit, thanks for the post it looks like a beautiful region of the country.
Such a beautiful place to visit. Will put it on my list…..
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Yvonne Delgado says
this is a beautiful place to visit for a romantic like me. i love period piece dramas and they castle like buildings shown would make me happy
Richard Hicks says
It looks like a destination not to be missed
This is really pretty, looks like a nice place to visit.
paige chandler says
Oh how I want to go. So beautiful!!
vickie couturier says
that does look like so much fun,and so beautiful
It looks beautiful.
Maryann D. says
I would love to go on a Go On A Loire Valley Road Trip. It sounds interesting and relaxing to me.
Sarah Anne says
Love the pics–those sunflowers are beautiful!
Cynthia R says
I’ve always wanted to see a big field of beautiful sunny yellow sunflowers.
Trish Carlson says
This would be a beautiful trip. If i could only get so lucky one year and go.
Never been abroad. This looks like a must destination .
Sandy Cain says
Cela a l’air merveilleux! Et, je parle français aussi!
Jessica W. says
I’d love to visit the vineyards!
This looks so fun! 🙂
Brandie Shirley says
A dream destination for sure!
Marcie W. says
A trip to France is definitely on my bucket list, including stops in Paris and Nice. I will definitely keep this gorgeous area in mind too.
This would be such an amazing trip with so much to see. Love the idea of the castles and beautiful scenery.
I would like to enjoy their different restaurants.
Debbie Welchert says
France definitely sounds like a place I would love to visit someday. I would love the sightseeing and the cheese and wine. It all just sounds so wonderful.
William C Karcher says
I would to go there !
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Christina C moore says
Great road trip
Sandra McFadden says
Sounds wonderful, my brother-in-law grew up near that area, I will have to ask him about it.
The Farmers Wife says
This would be an awesome trip!!
It looks very beautiful!
Melissa Shaulis Mazzur says
I am so excited to be headed there in 3 weeks!
Margaret S Porter says
Look slike a lovely place to visit
I loved the Loire valley when I was there years ago.
Catherine Lewis says
This would be a great place to visit!
monique s says
this it stunning. Love the flowers in bloom and the castle….amazing
According to Ashley Bree says
Woah. I would love to visit this place.
Darcy Koch says
Sounds like a beautiful place to visit with so many attractions.
Sounds like this would be a beautiful road trip.
Darlene Carbajal says
Sounds like a cool place to visit! Nice pictures.