62 days in France Itinerary

62 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saumur
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Saint-Emilion
— 3 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
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Montpellier
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
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Marseille
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Grenoble
— 3 nights
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Lyon
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Strasbourg
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Reims
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Paris

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some historical perspective at Philippe-Chatrier Court and Chateau de Malmaison. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and Musee Nissim de Camondo. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles), Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly City) and Village de Chessy (in Chessy). The adventure continues: make a trip to Cimetiere de Montmartre, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Victor Hugo, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Jean Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -11 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbey of Bec-Hellouin and Abbaye de Jumieges. Explore hidden gems such as Palais Benedictine and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille (in Saint-Wandrille-Rancon), Chateau Du Taillis (in Duclair) and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (in Etretat). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, steep yourself in history at Chateau Gaillard, admire the masterpieces at Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique), and take in the exciting artwork at Chateau de Vascoeuil.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rouen holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Rouen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

3
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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Le Phare de Gatteville. Popular historic sites such as Pegasus Memorial and Maisy Battery are in your itinerary. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery) in Azeville, approximately Azeville away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and explore the ancient world of Chateau de Caen.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bayeux day trip app.

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

4
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Saumur

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale and Forteresse royale de Chinon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Change things up with these side-trips from Saumur: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Saumur and admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Montsoreau - Musee d'Art Contemporain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saumur attractions tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

3
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Nantes

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Visit Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Chateau de Clisson for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau La Motte-Glain and Chateau de la Groulais. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Castle of Oudon - Loire Scene (in Oudon) and Chateau Terre Vieille (in Saint-Sauveur). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nantes route planning website.

Traveling by car from Saumur to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

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Bordeaux

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Fleche Saint-Michel and Tour Pey-Berland. Port of the Moon and Chateau Lafite will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Chateau Mouton Rothschild (in Pauillac), Chateau de Chantegrive (in Podensac) and Chateau Lardy (in Razac-de-Saussignac). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Château Maucaillou - Musée des arts et métiers de la vigne and learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip itinerary website.

Drive from Nantes to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Saint-Emilion

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau Guadet and Château Franc-Laporte. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau Fonplegade and L'Estampille. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Emilion: Chateau de Duras (in Duras) and Museum of Art and History (in Cognac). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Chateau Le Chatelet.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Emilion road trip app.

Drive from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Toulouse

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee des Augustins and Espace EDF Bazacle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapelle des Carmelites and Eglise Notre-Dame du Taur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Chateau de Garderes (in Garderes) and Chateau (in Dunes). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Galerie Le Chateau d'Eau, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Notre-Dame la Dalbade, and stop by Midica.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse travel planning app.

Getting from Saint-Emilion to Toulouse by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Carcassonne Center

Your inner history buff will appreciate Abbaye de Fontfroide and Rennes le chateau. Get some cultural insight at Chateau Comtal and Cité de Carcassonne. Step out of Carcassonne Center to go to Rennes-le-Chateau and see Musee Berenger Sauniere, which is approximately 54 minutes away.

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You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne Center in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

3
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Montpellier

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Get some cultural insight at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Chateau de la Mogere. Visit Salin d'Aigues-Mortes and Chateau des Guilhem for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montpellier: Museum-Park Dinosaur and the man s evolution (in Meze) and Chateau de Valloubiere (in Saint-Jean-de-Fos).

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Montpellier trip planning site.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

3
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Avignon

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Site Archeologique de Glanum and Les Alyscamps. Musee du Petit Palais and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Arenes de Nimes (in Nimes). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Avignon tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Montpellier to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

3
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Aix-en-Provence

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Eglise de la Madeleine will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris and Chateau la Canorgue. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Calanques (in Cassis) and Chateau Vignelaure (in Rians). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Museum d'Histoire Naturelle Aix en Provence, browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers' Markets, and contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

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Marseille

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Musee des Beaux-Arts and Chateau de la Buzine. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Thuerry and Galeries Lafayette. Step out of Marseille with an excursion to Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer in Sanary-sur-Mer--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Basilique du Sacre-Ceour and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille sightseeing planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

4
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Nice

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence. Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Eglise De Sainte Jeanne D'arc will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Villa Eilenroc & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the world behind art at Musée National Picasso, see the interesting displays at Le Chateau de Villeneuve-Loubet, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

3
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Grenoble

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Visit Abbaye d'Hautecombe and Chateau de Vaulserre for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Bressieux and Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Grenoble trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Nice to Grenoble in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grenoble, with lows of 10°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lyon

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Théâtre gallo-romain and Vieux Lyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste and Musee d'Art et d'Industrie. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Chateau de Flecheres (in Fareins) and Chateau de La Roche (in Saint-Priest-la-Roche). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

3
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Strasbourg

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Lichtenberg and Parc du Chateau de Pourtales. Get some historical perspective at Eglise des Dominicains Strasbourg and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Bernstein Castle (in Dambach-la-Ville). The adventure continues: take a stroll through La Petite France.

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Fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reims.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Reims

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maison Ruinart and Porte de Mars. Get some historical perspective at Museum of the Surrender and Cathedrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais. Step out of Reims with an excursion to Cathedrale Saint-Etienne in Meaux--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, visit a coastal fixture at Le Phare de Vezernay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and stop by Le Vintage.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Reims road trip app.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Reims in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Strasbourg in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Reims, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.