***Chateau Chambord is known for its epic grandeur (440 rooms), fun rooftop views, and evocative setting surrounded by a forest. Considered one of the loveliest castles in France. It really is something special. Also PACKED with crowds, come prepared for wall to wall tourists. It’s surrounded by Europe’s largest enclosed forest park, a lush game preserve teeming with wild deer and boar. Inside, don’t miss Chambord’s huge double-spiral staircase, designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo spent his last years as part of the French court, and lived nearby in Amboise.

On the way to Chambord, we drove through Gien (looks a little grim), Sully-Sur-Loire (castle looks worth a stop), and Blois (which looks worthy of a day or more).

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