Paris is such an incredible city, with so much to do and see that you can often become overwhelmed and find it difficult to decide just what to do if you’re planning a trip.
Here are some top things to do in Paris if you’ll be heading there soon:
Visit the Louvre
Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre. However, this can be overwhelming so it’s best to plan in advance. Research the wings or works you don’t want to miss, and then aim to spend your time there- saving the rest of the museum for when you return in the future.
There are many other museums in Paris which contain equally beautiful and important art. Often, you’ll have a better experience since you won’t be fighting for room with elbowing tourists.
Hire a car
Taxis are notoriously difficult to come by in Paris. You also can’t flag them down in the street you need to call ahead or wait at a taxi stand. Instead, hire a car in Paris so you can go at your own pace, explore more sights in less time, and avoid watching the cab meters tick if you get stuck in traffic.
See the Eiffel Tower
It’s difficult to consider a trip to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. However, this is an attraction that you don’t need to spend hours at. There are now a number of security checkpoints around the tower, which means that you can no longer walk underneath the monument without waiting in a long line.
While you may be tempted to climb the tower, it’s better to get a photo that actually includes the monument in your picture. Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe where you’ll get an incredible view of the city.
Get out of Paris
There’s no doubt that Paris is bursting with attractions, but too many people assume they should spend all their time in the city. Instead, rent a car and you can take the time to explore some of the incredible towns just a few hours drive from Paris. You’re guaranteed to see more of France this way, and you’ll have a slightly different experience compared to most people who simply stay in Paris and see the same sights.
This is a particularly good idea if you’re looking for exceptional food and wine. Sure, Paris has excellent restaurants, but you can eat the same food for much cheaper outside of the city.
Check out Notre-Dame
This is another Parisian icon that shouldn’t be missed. You’ll find it on the River Seine, and it’s considered one of the world’s best Gothic masterpieces. Construction began in the 10th century, and it took close to 200 years before the final touches were finally made. Once you get up close to this cathedral, you’ll see exactly why it’s so special and why it took so long to build.
Notre-Dame’s architectural details are where it stands out, and there are a number of carved statues integrated seamlessly into the front entrance’s stone facade. Not only is the outside impeccable, but you’ll also find stained-glass windows throughout the inside, just begging to be photographed. If you want an excellent view of Paris, climb the 387 steps to the top of the cathedral, or head downstairs to the crypt if you’re more interested in viewing ancient remains. Keep in mind that you’re likely to run into long lines here, so be prepared for a wait. More than 13 million people visit each year, so consider visiting first thing in the morning.