Grab a map and draw your own path, starting in the town of Bordeaux. See that area to the right, between the parallel Dordogne and Lot rivers? Stay within the borders of this area where authentic food reigns.
Tips from the pros: The driving can be bumpy, so get a rental with stronger shocks than a Smart car's. Then, watch your speed! "After my last trip, I received not one, but three (!) tickets, courtesy of French highway cameras," says Sloane.