Not long ago, we showed you the unusual landscapes in France that make you travel. But if we take a closer look, there are precisely a lot of landscapes from home that could typically remind us of the countries across the Atlantic. Without being able to travel far, here are some destinations nearby to travel better.
1. The Ocher Trail (Roussillon)
Welcome to one of the most famous sites in the Luberon. With its Colorado Park tunes, the Ocher trail is American-style with its colorful quarries that you can walk through on foot during a walk of about an hour. However, it is not the wild wide west. Everything is signposted here, as for a tourist attraction, and the visit is paying for adults (2.5€ max). Not enough to be a killjoy, however, with the highlight of the typical village of Roussillon where an aperitif awaits you quietly on the terrace.
2. The Colorado Provençal of Rustrel
With its ocher-colored rock formations, this trail located in Rustrel in the Vaucluse has a little air of Red Rocks (if you concentrate well). A resemblance that extends over more than 30 hectares of ocher sand rocks crossed by paths that lose visitors in a maze of eroded peaks (it’s as beautiful as a tourist brochure). Wilder than the neighboring Ocher trail, it has the advantage of being free, except for parking, of course.
3. The organs of Ille sur Têt (Pyrénées-Orientales)
The site is renowned for its landscape of fairy chimneys chiselled by the weather. Its long clay columns are inevitably reminiscent of the Capadoccia region in Turkey, and also a bit of the Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona.
4. The Glénan archipelago (Finistère)
To get a taste of Hawaii, head to the Glénan archipelago located in the Bay of Biscay off Concarneau. White sand beaches and translucent waters give the area an air of paradise lost in the middle of the Pacific. With a few degrees less.
5. Isle of Swans (Paris)
Change of scenery, with one of the most American symbols there is: the Statue of Liberty. This work, designed by a Frenchman in 1886 to be offered to the city of New York, exists in a miniature version (11.5m high compared to 46 for the original) on the Île aux Cygnes in Paris. 4 other replicas are visible in the capital, one at the entrance to the Museum of Arts, one inside, another at the Musée d’Orsay and finally a last one which serves as an advertising sign for a bar-restaurant called American Dream …
6. The Marais poitevin (Vendée)
Welcome to the Everglades south of Florida, unless it’s the bayous of Louisiana. Except that we are indeed in France, more precisely between Niort and La Rochelle, in an area called Marais Poitevin. Admittedly, it’s immediately less exotic, but the 100,000 hectares of canals on which to navigate aboard flat-bottomed boats will know how to disorient you. In addition, here there is no risk of crossing alligators or being impaled by XXL mosquitoes.
7. The Côtes du Rhône (Rhône Valley)
Do you know the Calistoga wine region of California? To know what it looks like, just imagine yourself in the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône… but with disgusting wine. It’s good do you have it?
8. The district of La Défense (Paris)
Okay, we’re not the hard-to-convince type. 3, 4 slightly modern skyscrapers stuck to each other, and presto, we imagine ourselves in the middle of Manhattan. The proof that the comparison holds up, even a forum on jeuxvideo.com has been launched on the subject…
9. The Pilat dune (Gironde)
At 110 meters high, the Pilat dune can boast of being the highest in Europe. Admittedly, those of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado are twice as high (and 100 times larger), but they do not offer a unique panorama of the ocean. There is no need to oppose them, however, the two sites are exceptional, mixing desert landscapes and breathtaking views of the surrounding forests.
10. McDonalds in Noisy Le Grand
Because that’s what America is too! I didn’t put you a picture, it stung my eyes too much.