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The city of Lyon is one with a fascinating architectural, cultural, and gastronomic heritage. Founded by the Romans in a strategic location and having not suffered from a major natural disaster or a redesign, the city holds a mix of Roman ruins, Renaissance palaces, and contemporary skyscrapers. Travel to Lyon is facilitated by the Saint-Exupery Airport. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit, especially with so much to explore outside.

Lyon’s city center is small enough to be covered on foot with many attractions within a reasonable walking distance from one another. If a stroll feels too slow, sightjogging tours can be arranged. Classic highlights that draw in visitors include the Fourviere basilica, streets and traboules in Old Lyon, and Musee Gadagne. There are a number of theaters providing entertainment within the city with a wide range of shows, including the 200-year old Guignol. Cinemas are also scattered about and worth paying homage to as this is where the cinema was born. Other than the sites, the food of Lyon is a major draw, and the bouchons are a worthy must-do to sample local dishes.

Be sure to check out the interactive map of Lyon for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.