Many visitors to Normandy use Caen as a base when planning on seeing World War II memorials and museums. But staying in Caen for a long weekend can yield many other wonderful surprises, so if war history isn't your thing or you've already visited the memorials and want a fresh look at the region, here's a three-day itinerary that is sure to provide lasting memories.
Follow in the steps of William the Conqueror's historic reign by visiting the Abbaye aux Hommes (where he is buried), the Abbaye aux Dames and the walled Chateau de Caen with its well-preserved ramparts and interior buildings. While at the latter site, step into a more expansive history at the Normandy Museum, which covers the region through the ages.
The Normandy Coast and its World War II history are easily accessible from Caen. But to the east of Caen are a variety of sites as well.