21 Amazing Things You'd See On The Tour De France

The 3500+ kilometer bike race passes through three countries and some of the most beautiful sights Europe has to offer.

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    Mont Saint Michel

    This sparsely-populated and gorgeous island is home to an abbey and a monastery.

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    Utah Beach

    This historic site of one of the Normandy invasions now is home to a monument and museum.

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    The Chateau d'Angers was home to many members of the royal Plantagenet dynasty.

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    Saumur is home to many equestrian shows and the National School of Horsemanship.

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    Le Lioran

    This ski resort is at its busiest when the snow paints a picture as pretty as this one.

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    Lac de Payolle

    This artificial lake gets so cold in the winters that it is often frozen completely solid.

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    This photo may be of the Chateau but the real view in this town is of the Pyrenees.

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    Vielha Val D'Aran

    This area is home to the only Catalonian rivers to flow into the Atlantic Ocean, giving it a rather unique climate.

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    Andorre Arcalis

    The sculpture in the hills was created by artist Mauro Staccioli.

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    This central marketplace is one of the town's most noticeable features, built in the 14th century.

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    This fortified city's name comes from folk legends involving a chatelaine and ringing bells.

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    Nearly one-third of the town's population is students thanks to the three universities there.

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    Caverne du Pont d'Arc

    This French reconstruction is the largest decorated replica cavern in the world.

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    The Royal Monastery of Brou is a beautifully ornamental and majestic construction in the city.

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    This picturesque area of France is known as the capital of the French Toy, specializing in "turners."

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    This Swiss city is considered the de facto capital of the country and is known for its high quality of life.

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    This mountain town used to be a true destination for the French aristocracy and now is home to a fancy ski resort.

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    This south-eastern French town is best known for its gig hosting the 1992 Winter Olympics.

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    This town is defined by chalets spread across a picturesque river gorge and one of the northernmost ski lodges in France.

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    The original mansion was destroyed during the French Revolution and was rebuilt during the late 1800s.

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    Champs Elysees

    The race ends in one of Paris' most famous boulevards, home to the Arc de Triomphe.

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