The City of Lights, Paris, has stirred the imaginations of patriots, poets, and painters for centuries while conjuring up such iconic images as the sky-high Eiffel Tower and high-kicks of cancan dancers at Les Folies Bergère.
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Illustrious artists such as Cézanne, Monet and Chagall, and fashion icons have all left their unique impression on the world. Royalty such as Louis XIV and Napoleon have formed an indelible imprint on history.
Visit the home of Queen Marie-Antoinette and other royalty at the Castle at Versailles and the more intimate Estate of Trianon, with its rustic landscaped gardens.
Explore the Louvre, the world’s largest museum, along the Right Bank of the Seine. Sit in a romantic café in the trendy Left Bank of Paris and watch the city come to life. Take a leisurely stroll through the Medieval Latin Quarter, with its charming cobblestone streets, delightful restaurants, and jazz clubs.
Or take a boat tour along the city’s central artery, the Seine River, and see the world, and Paris, float by.
What To Do
Climb the stairs or ride an elevator to the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower, constructed by Gustav Eiffel for the Exposition Universelle (World Fair), which was held in Paris in 1889.
Visit the impressive Arc de Triomphe, built in 1836 to commemorate Napoleon’s 1805 victory at Austerlitz, Moravia (now, the Czech Republic).
Stroll along the Champs Élysées, one of the most famous boulevards in the world, with its glorious gardens, statues, and fountains. Its name stems from Greek mythology’s “Elusia,” which describes a paradise where heroes granted immortality by the Gods were sent.
Explore the world’s largest museum, the Louvre, housing over 70,000 pieces of art. The museum resides on the site of a 12th-century fortress, and later the16th century palace of King Francis I, a major art collector.
Tour the lovely Ile de la Cité, one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine, in the heart of Paris.
What To See
See the Opéra Garnier, the world's largest theatre and opera house when it opened in 1875. Although operas are no longer performed here, you can attend a ballet or modern dance performance. Stroll through Montmartre on your way to the famour Sacre Coeur Basilica at the top of the famous hillside neighborhood.
Each year, top fashion designers display their creations during Paris Fashion Week. The remainder of the year, vacationers and locals get to shop for some of the world’s most fashionable clothing and more.
Browse amid one of the leading shopping districts in Paris and the world, the Champs Élysées, where you’ll find the Louis Vuitton flagship store and dozens more.
View the unique collections of high-end designers on the Avenue Montaigne and Saint-Germain. Visit the elegant Galleries Lafayette to find your perfect Parisian outfits. C’est Magnifique!
A night on the town takes on new meaning in the City of Lights. From hot hotel bars to cool jazz clubs and chic cafés, Paris sizzles long into the night. Whether you want to relive the belle époque at the Moulin Rouge or have the classic Montparnasse experience reminiscent of Hemingway, Henry Miller, Picasso and others, you “can-can” easily find a club, bar, theatre or restaurant to suit any taste and budget.
Paris with Kids
Explore the vast collection of art at the Louvre, including the vaunted Mona Lisa.
Relax onboard small bateaux mooches (tour boats) on the Seine River, as you and your family glide through the heart of Paris.
While away an afternoon at one of the city’s magnificent gardens. Stroll through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, admiring the formal landscape design. Or head to the Jardin du Luxembourg, where kids will find an array of activities including pony rides and puppet shows.
Head out of the city to Disneyland Paris for a day of fun with the world’s most famous mouse.
Off the Beaten Path
Head to Montmartre and take the funicular up to Sacré-Cœur. This majestic basilica church sits atop the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
Visit Versailles, just a short distance from Paris, and explore the palace and its famous gardens, art, and smaller estates.
Walk along the shaded, cobblestoned pathways at the Père Lachaise cemetery and visit the graves of notable Frederick Chopin, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison.
Food and Drink
Paris is known for some of the most delectable food in the world, and some of the best restaurants.
Feed your soul with art and music and nourish your body with traditional delicacies including foie gras, coq au vin, croque monsieur and artisanal cheeses. Indulge your sweet tooth as only the French know how, with macarons, pain au chocolate, crème brûlée, and a delightful assortment of crepes and soufflés guaranteed to keep you yearning for more. Just don’t try it all in one day. Pace yourself. And don’t forget to enjoy some café au lait or champagne to wash it all down.
When to Go
The best time to visit Paris is either the spring or the fall. The warmest month is July when temperatures edge into the 80s F, and the coolest is January, which averages around 41 F. Although it rains year-round, May sees the most.