Known for Museums, Cafes and Culture
It is said that on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris—one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world—you’re more likely to meet old friends and long-lost cousins than you are back home. A skeptic might argue that’s because this 1.2-mile stretch between Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle is one of the most famous on the planet. Indeed, you’ll have the chance to check off several of the world’s most visited attractions while in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Moulin Rouge, Lido, Notre-Dame Cathedral…Paris points of interest are like a bucket list for even the most novice jet-setter.
A romantic, however, might argue that there’s a magic on this street that just brings people together. It’s best felt while having a cup of espresso in its cafes, catching a show in one of its theaters, or watching the Tour de France bike race speed by. If you’re wondering what to do in Paris, Avenue des Champs-Elysees is the perfect place to start. We’ve heard the opinion of the romantics; meanwhile, a student of ancient Greece would say the street was named after the Greek version of heaven, the Elysian Fields, so it was bound to be a meeting place of longed-for loved ones.
Speaking of loved ones, Paris’ other nickname is “City of Love.” You’d be hard-pressed to take a dozen steps in any direction without discovering romantic things to do in Paris. Between boutique hotels with gorgeous views of the city and the second most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, Paris is the honeymoon destination in Europe.
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Discover all the romance, history, and atmosphere of the French capital on an open-air double-decker bus. Explore the City of Light at your own pace, scoping out world-famous monuments like Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower and hopping off to get a closer look at Parisian landmarks.
For the ultimate freedom to tailor your own Paris sightseeing trip, set off to explore the City of Light with a Museum Pass in hand. Bypass the lines at more than 50 museums and monuments, including the iconic Louvre, the fascinating Musée d'Orsay, the gilded Château de Versailles, and the observation deck at the Arc de Triomphe.
If you're planning to get to the top of the world's most visited paid-monument and feel fit, take the stairs. Queues for the elevator are long and walking up the iron structure is an experience in itself.
Arrive at Versailles in the afternoon and not only will you avoid the crowds, but you can also promenade around the gardens during magic hour and then take in an evening show and fireworks display. Check their website to see what's on before you go.
If Paris is about strolling around in stately, beautiful surroundings with your special someone, then it doesn't get much better than this place. Don't miss the Musee of the Orangerie that houses Monet's famous nymphea murals
Pay the fee to climb to the top of the bell towers and you'll see Paris from a gargoyle's point of view. Next, take a trip to Ile Saint-Louis to see the 850-year-old cathedral from behind.
The problem with the world's largest museum is there is so much to see and so many people there to see it. Aim for the winter months at 3pm and you might just get a chance of seeing Mona Lisa's smile!