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Louvre Museum ©
Art Museum
Louvre Museum
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
Eiffel Tower ©
Historic Site
Eiffel Tower
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Musee d'Orsay ©
Art Museum
Musee d'Orsay
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Arc de Triomphe ©
Architectural Building
Arc de Triomphe
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Things to do in Paris provide varied ways to discover the home of some of the world's most recognizable tourist attractions. Most tourists consider climbing iconic Eiffel Tower and admiring the City of Light from above a must-do activity, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. No visit to Paris can be complete without discovering the marvelous masterpieces at Louvre Museum, strolling down Champs-Elysees, or admiring the architectural jewels like Notre-Dame Cathedral. Consider also a guided tour of Palace of Versailles and its captivating gardens.

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Palace of Versailles ©
World heritage site
Palace of Versailles Versailles
4.0
Duration: 5h 30 min
Disneyland Paris ©
Disney Park / Activity
Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallee
2.8
Duration: 4h 30 min
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Garden
Fondation Claude Monet Giverny
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Architectural Building
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen Rouen
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Paris

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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Church
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
The Paris Catacombs ©
Cemetery
The Paris Catacombs
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Conciergerie ©
Historic Site
Conciergerie
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
Fontaine Saint-Sulpice ©
Church
Fontaine Saint-Sulpice
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Paris

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Musee Rodin ©
Specialty Museum
Musee Rodin
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Musee de l'Orangerie ©
Specialty Museum
Musee de l'Orangerie
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
The Army Museum ©
Military Museum
The Army Museum
4.5
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Paris

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Île de la Cité ©
Neighborhood
Île de la Cité
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Place de la Concorde
Landmark
Place de la Concorde
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Neighborhood
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Paris

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Champs-Elysees ©
Shopping
Champs-Elysees
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
La Grande Epicerie de Paris Rive Gauche ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
La Grande Epicerie de Paris Rive Gauche
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Mouffetard Market ©
Flea Market
Mouffetard Market
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Visit the Hidden Paris ©
Food Tour
Visit the Hidden Paris
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Vino Itineris ©
Food Tour
Vino Itineris
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
Paris Running Tours ©
Running Tour
Paris Running Tours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
Peniche Antipode ©
Performance
Peniche Antipode
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

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Where to stay in Paris

Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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