“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and the point of life.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Paris is one of the most magical and romantic cities in Europe – it’s also one of the world’s premier travel, culinary, art, and shopping destinations. Besides being famous for its fine gourmet cuisine, award-winning wines, art and culture, Paris is also known for its high fashion, designer boutiques, quaint sidewalk cafes, beautiful gardens, historical monuments and attractions, fabulous art galleries and world-renowned museums.
Fun Paris Attractions, City Sightseeing Tours & Day Trips
There are so many fun things to do and see in Paris. Top attractions include: Arc de Triomphe, Bateaux-Mouches River Cruises, Champs-Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Galleries Lafayette, Ile St. Louis, The Louvre, Montmartre, Montparnesse Tower & Observation Deck, Moulin Rouge, Musee d’Orsay, Musee de l’Orangerie, Musee Rodin, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place des Vosges, and Sacre-Coeur.
If you have time, visit Versailles, Normandy, Loire Valley and other fun regions of France. Take a fun Day Trip to Versailles and explore the Palace and its magnificent gardens.
The Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)
Plan on spending at least half a day at Versailles, a World Heritage Site – there’s a lot to see. Enjoy Guided Tours of the Palace. See where the famous Treaty of Versailles was signed (peace settlement signifying the official end of World War 1) on June 28, 1919. Take a Self-Walking Tour of the Grand Apartments (Louis XIV’s and Marie Antoinette’s Royal Apartments), The Royal Chapel and the beautiful Hall of Mirrors. Wait until you see Versailles’ stunning gardens, statues, fountains and pools – absolutely breathtaking! Ditto their spectacular Musical Fountains Show and the Night Fountains Show in Versailles Gardens. Versailles is only a 30-minute train ride away from Paris – we took the RER (train) from Invalides station directly to Versailles-Rive-Gauche station. Note: Weekends are the busiest times to visit Versailles, so expect crowds.
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A Great Walking City
Paris is beautiful, romantic, and very compact – making it a great walking city. The best way to see Paris is on foot, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. The Metro is a quick and easy way to get around town if you don’t feel like walking, or taking a taxi. Metro stations are conveniently located all over Paris. We suggest you pick up a Metro Map prior to your trip, or at your hotel. Note: Many Paris attractions are free to kids – those under age 4 travel free on public transportation.
The Best Times To Visit Paris
The best times to visit Paris is from April-June and October to early November. Summer is peak season and the most crowded.