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France’s Loire River

The Loire River, gliding gently east to west, separating northern from southern France, has come to define this popular tourist region. The value of this river and the valley's prime location, in the center of the country just south of Paris, have made the Loire a strategic prize for centuries — hence all the castles. (3 min 25 sec)

Watch more: Stream Rick’s 25-minute TV show on France's Loire: Château Country

Be there: Travel on this Rick Steves tour — Loire to the South of France in 13 Days tour