Paris: the city of cafes, well-dressed locals and the hub of designers. Paris is one of the most interesting and memorable places one can visit on our earth. There are many things to do and places to see when traveling to Paris. Over the years I have traveled to more than 90 countries and have often wished to compile a “top five to-do list” for different countries and cities. Here are the five must-see places when traveling to Paris:
1) Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe is one of Paris’ most iconic monuments. It is located at the center of l’Etoile and easily accessible from anywhere within the city. The Arc de Triomphe’s central location makes it unique not only because it stands at the center of Place de l’Étoile, but also because it is right in front of the many romantic restaurants in the area. I believe that this is one of the most romantic places in Paris. Make sure you spend at least one night in this area.
2) Notre Dame Cathedral
The construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral began in 1163 and took nearly 200 years to finish as it was completed in 1345. Notre Dame is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. One thing to note, visiting the cathedral is free; however, for those wanting to get to the top of the 387 step cathedral, a fee is required. When I went to go see the Cathedral, the line to enter extended outside the historic monument. Do not miss seeing the interior of this historic cathedral as it is extremely captivating. For more information about the Notre Dame Cathedral, visit the official website here.
3) Musee de Louvre
The Musee de Louvre is the not only the world’s largest art museum, but many experts consistently rank it among the best. The history of the Musee de Louvre is interesting, as it was at one time a fort. The Mussee de Louvre is where tourists will find the Mona Lisa. Although the Mona Lisa is the most widely recognized piece of art, the Musee de Louvre has about 35,000 other pieces to captivate one’s imagination. We thoroughly enjoyed the Mussee; however, in order to fully experience all that the Louvre Musee has to offer, I am recommending that visitors dedicate at least two full days for the Louvre. For more information on the Musee de Louve, visit the official website here.
4) Luxembourg Garden
Inside Paris, the Luxembourg Gardens provide both locals and tourists a place to unwind, relax and take in the beautiful nature of the surroundings. In addition, the paths and gardens are truly remarkable. No visit to Paris is complete without walking through the quiet and peaceful Luxembourg Gardens.
5) Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is clearly the first thing tourists think of when traveling to Paris. Known for its symbolism and skyscraping structure, the Eiffel Tower is perhaps the main symbol of Paris. You can lounge on the grass right in front of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a picnic before beginning the journey up to the top. There are long lines, especially in the peak summer season. However, purchasing your tickets online at the Eiffel Tower’s website will allow you to bypass much of the line. In addition, there is something everyone should know: Since the line for elevators on the ground level is extremely long, you are given an option to take the stairs up to the “2nd floor” and then take an elevator up from there. However, the catch is that the “2nd floor” is 120 yards and over 1,000 steps up! Wow! The views from the top of the Eiffel Tower are amazing. To learn more about the Eiffel Tower, visit their official website here.