How to Sightsee in Paris

How to Sightsee in Paris
With hundreds of museums, famous monuments, chic shops, cozy cafes, and fine dining, you may feel like you need a lifetime to experience all there is to see and do in Paris, France. Don't despair. If you only have a few days to explore Paris, that is enough time to visit many of the major tourist attractions, wander around the city, and have an incredible French meal. For active travelers, Paris is the perfect city. The small-scale of Paris, under 6 miles across, makes it ideal for walking and exploring. If you like to walk, in one day you can visit the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower before taking a evening sightseeing cruise up the Seine River.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Map of Paris Walking Shoes
  • Map of Paris
  • Walking Shoes
Step 1
Start at the Louvre Museum. The Louvre is the most popular tourist attraction in Paris. Home to the Mona Lisa, other must-see attractions include preserved egyptian mummies, famous Greek sculpture, such as the Venus de Milo, Michelangelo's sculptures, and the crown jewels of France in the decadent Apollo Gallery. Walking through the Louvre is a work-out in itself. The Museum is so large that it impossible to visit every room in a day. Budget three hours to see the Louvre highlights.
Step 2
Walk from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe. After visiting the Louvre, exit and walk through the grand Tuileries Gardens, and continue up the Champs-Elysees, one of the most famous boulevards in the world. Window shop and stop at an outdoor cafe to rest your feet, and partake of a favorite Parisian activity; people watching. Budget two hours.
Step 3
Visit the Arc de Triomphe, at the end of the Champs-Elysees. This huge arch was commissioned by Napoleon and is a symbol of France's military might. Climb the stairs to the top of the Arc for a stunning view over Paris. Budget one hour.
Step 4
Adjacent to the Arc de Triomphe is the Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro stop. Look at the map, purchase a ticket and take a short metro ride to the Trocadero station. Exit the station and follow signs to the Palais de Chaillot. Climb the stairs, and catch your breathe. The Eiffel Tower is suddenly right in front of you framed, by the fountains of the Trocedero Gardens. Budget one hour.
Step 5
Walk towards the Eiffel Tower through the Trocedero Gardens. Cross the Seine on the Pont d'Iena bridge. Look up at the Eiffel Tower and be amazed at how huge it is when you see it in person. Buy a ticket to ride the elevators up the Eiffel Tower or save some money and get a stair-stepping work-out by climbing the 704 steps to the second stage of the Eiffel Tower. Gaze out at the bird-eye view of Paris and understand why Paris is known as the "City of Light." Budget two hours.
Step 6
Exit the Eiffel Tower, cross the street to the Pont d'Iena bridge. Buy a ticket for a cruise on a bateaux-mouche, a glass topped sightseeing boats, for an evening trip up the romantic Seine river. Notice the lit up Louvre museum that you visited earlier in the day. Budget 90 minutes.
Step 7
Take the metro or a cab back to your hotel and rest before dinner. Dinner is served late in Paris at about 10 p.m. Congratulate yourself on seeing the three most popular tourist attractions in Paris in one, event filled day. And, realize that you've experienced quite a work-out, walking around seven miles by just exploring Paris.

Tips & Warnings

 
Now that you've seen the major tourist attractions in Paris, plan your remaining days around your interests. If you like Monet and Van Gogh, visit the Musee d'Orsay and Montmartre. For another unique birds-eye view of Paris, climb up the bell tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you like boat trips, take a cruise along the Canal St. Martin. For jogging, visit the Luxembourg Gardens or the Bois de Boulogne park.
 
Now that you've seen the major tourist attractions in Paris, plan your remaining days around your interests. If you like Monet and Van Gogh, visit the Musee d'Orsay and Montmartre. For another unique birds-eye view of Paris, climb up the bell tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you like boat trips, take a cruise along the Canal St. Martin. For jogging, visit the Luxembourg Gardens or the Bois de Boulogne park.

Article Written By Veronica Summers

Veronica Summers is an Internet pioneer, creating websites for Fortune 500 companies since 1994. In over 15 years of writing for the Web, she has received awards for explaining complex topics in an easy-to-read manner. Summers holds a Bachelor of Science in technical writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She writes computer- and travel-related articles online.

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