Cherbourg (D-Day Landing Beaches)

Occupied by the Germans in WWII, Cherbourg has long been a city of maritime significance. A tour up the coast takes you to the beaches of Normandy, steeped in military history. Stay in the city and explore La Cité de la Mer—a scientific and historic museum, and aquarium rolled into one. Don't miss a chance to see the imposing Mont Saint-Michel as it appears to rise from the ocean at low tide.