With rich history, beautiful streets, and world-renowned cuisine, it’s no wonder why Paris is one of the top tourist destinations. If you’re planning a trip to the city of love, don’t miss out on these four awesome attractions.
The Eiffel Tower
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Rising 300 meters (984 feet) above the city, the Eiffel Tower is one of Paris’ most iconic structures. But it didn’t start out that way. When it was built in 1889, Parisians hated “the metal asparagus” and wanted it demolished. Over time, the local perception of the tower changed, and it is now one of the most beloved monuments in Paris. While you can view the Eiffel Tower from all over the city or with a cruise down the Seine River, the most exhilarating way to experience it is with an elevator ride all the way to the top.
The Louvre Museum
If you’re a history buff or an art lover, then a stop at the Louvre Museum is a must. With over 10 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world and one of Paris’ best attractions. It's also the biggest museum in the world and is home to millions of priceless artifacts, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. A full tour of this massive collection would take two days but it’s possible to check out all the most popular pieces in one afternoon.
The Palace of Versailles
Built in the 17th century, this massive palace is famous for being home to the ill-fated King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. With over 700 rooms, a dazzling hall of mirrors, and steeped in opulent furnishings, the Palace of Versailles offers an unforgettable glimpse into the world of baroque royalty. While you can enjoy a visit to the Palace of Versailles on your own, a guided tour will get you through security faster and leave you with some cool tidbits about the history of this magnificent estate.
The Latin Quarter
With its blend of historical charm and exciting nightlife, the Latin Quarter is one of the coolest places in Paris. Since being established by the Romans in the first century, the Latin Quarter has seen its fair share of eccentric art movements, scholarly debates, and political activism. The winding streets are a throwback to the Quarter’s medieval days, but the abundance of cafes, bars, and bookstores continue to captivate the hearts of modern tourists.
Paris is a big city with a lot of history and a lot of things to do. For the best Parisian experience, make sure you add these four attractions to your sightseeing list.