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Best Places to Visit in Paris

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Paris seems to make everyone want to be an artist - us too!

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The Eiffel Tower looms large wherever you are in Paris!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral is majestic and seems to dominate this portion of the Seine

 

 

 

 

The Eiffel Tower from the Chaillot Palace at Sunset

 

 

The Arc de Triomphe, Paris

 

 

 

The interior of the Louvre

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Paris Museum Pass is a discount pass that covers most major museums and several attractions in Paris and surrounding areas.  The pass, allowing unlimited visits during the chosen period, is sold at many museums and train stations.

One of the best benefits of this card is that you do not have to stand in line to buy tickets to enter an attraction and are often provided priority access.

The Paris Museum Pass is available in two, four and six day cards.  The current price of the Paris Museum Pass (in Euros) is  2 days = €32, 4  days = €48 and 6 days = €64

For more details, visit this site.



If you are here because you have an interest in the DaVinci Code - cut to the chase and see our DaVinci Code Map.

Each of the underlined links below connects to a detailed section of our Paris Travel Guide that provides comprehensive information on the attractions listed. Our detailed sections include photos, tourism information and links to detailed maps and satellite imagery pinpointing the location of the attractions we cover.

  • Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter Click for our map of the Latin Quarter and surrounding attractions in Paris

    • This is the historic core of the city and it bears the imprint  of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Marie Antoinette, the Sorbonne and famous writers and intellectuals from around the world -  suffice it to say, this is a complex and enormously varied area of Paris. It is also offers some of the City's best attractions, fabulous cafes and  numerous spots for observing the "soul" of Paris, while you rest up before visiting the next spectacular attraction.
      • Click the Latin Quarter and Surrounding Areas to begin your exploration of this historical core of Paris, including : The Latin Quarter, Île de la Cité (Notre Dame, the Palais De Justice including the beautiful church Ste. Chapelle, and the Conciergerie (where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned), the quaint residential island Île  St. Louis,  the Museum of the Middle ages, the   Luxembourg Gardens, and the trendy St. Germain des Prés area.

     

  • The Eiffel Tower and surrounding attractions Click for our map of the Eiffel tower area and surrounding attractions in Paris

    • The Eiffel Tower can be seen from many areas of the City, but you must ascend it to witness the glory of Paris.  Click on our Guide to the Eiffel Tower and Surrounding Attractions to discover the Eiffel Tower and several interesting attractions that are close by.

     

  • The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées   Click for our map of the Champs Elysees area of Paris  

    • This area of Paris is a magnet for romantics and one of the places that most travelers visit. The Champs Elysées has a "movie scene" quality that continues to enchant visitors to the City of Light.  You may find a smile on your face and a song in your heart as you stroll  along the world's most famous avenue. If you are not impressed by day, try taking a stroll here in the early evening when the buildings are illuminated - it's magical.
      • In addition to the signature Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, this section of Paris includes the Palais de L'Elysées (the French Presidential Palace), the Grand Palais, and the Petit Palais, two stately buildings near the Seine.
  • The Louvre and surrounding attractions  Click for our map of the Louvre and its surroundings in Paris

    • It seems so unfair that the incomparable Louvre and numerous spectacular attractions can be found in one compact, scenic area of Paris!. This part of Paris will likely take more of your time than you had expected, but it will be a wise investment.
      • Click on our Guide to the Louvre and Surrounding Attractions for details on visiting the Musée du Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Orangerie (to view Monet's Water Lilies), the Place Vendome for fine shopping (and the Colonne De La Grande Armée), as well as the stunning Opéra Garnier. 
  • The Musée D'Orsay,Musée Rodin and Napoleon's Tomb  Click for our map of the Invalides and surrounding attractions in Paris

    • Famous art and artists, history  and a different character make this another of the  popular areas in Paris. Click our Guide to the Invalides and Surrounding Areas to start your journey to explore: The Musée D’Orsay (Impressionist art), the Musée Rodin (sculpture) and the Hôtel des Invalides, a beautiful church that houses Napoleon's impressive tomb.

       

  • The Marais and surrounding attractions Click for our map of the Marais and surrounding attractions in Paris

    • Visiting Paris is a constant encounter with names and places taken from the pages of history.  Click on our Guide to the Marais and Surrounding Attractions to discover the highlights of this unique section of Paris including wonderful neighborhood of the  Marais, Les Halles,  the Pompidou Center, the Hotel de Ville (the ornate City Hall of Paris), the  Place des Vosges (one of oldest squares in Paris), Picasso's Museum (closed until 2012), the Carnavalet Museum, and the Place de la Bastille.

       

  • Montmartre and surrounding attractions

    • Montmartre is a somewhat rundown, Bohemian section Paris that has set the scene in countless novels, numerous movies and thousands of paintings.  Click on our Guide for Montmartre to prepare for a visit to the  Montmartre neighborhood, including the panoramic view of Paris from the church of the Sacre Couer and a night time visit to the Moulin Rouge - what an amazing mix of culture, architecture and ambiance. 

       

  • Père Lachaise Cemetery

    • Although not an attraction that appeals to everyone, the Cimitière de Père Lachaise is the final resting place for many famous persons, including Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf Jim Morrison, lead singer for the Doors.  If you are interested in visiting, see our handy map to this cemetery that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

     

  • Daytrips in the Paris Region

    • There is so much to see and do in Paris that some travelers never experience the beauty of the surrounding area.  We recommend a daytrip or two to balance your travels.   A trip to Versailles is a must, but each of our recommendations for day trips is a  "memory maker".  Click the links below to see which daytrip is the one for you.

 

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If you are "new" to Paris, read our section on  Paris Know-How. 

Our "know-how" explain "arrondissements" and how they are used in Paris, describe tips for using the Metro,  suggest tips for dining in Paris, discuss French  etiquette, and  other  information that will help you "navigate" Paris.

 
 

Featured Paris Videos

 

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Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Looking from the Hotel Invalides to the church that houses Napoleon's grave.

 

 If you will be arriving or departing Paris by train, you may want to refer to our Paris Train Station Map.         

 

 

 

 

 

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