The first step toward successfully planning a trip to Paris is assembling a list of must-see attractions and must-do activities. While you probably already know that you want to visit the Eiffel Tower or stand in front of the Mona Lisa, Auto Europe is here to build upon these plans with a list of some of our favorite things to do in Paris. As you organize your itinerary and make a priority list of must-see destinations keep these Paris attractions in mind.
French for "Our Lady of Paris," the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral is a catholic structure which proudly stands on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité overlooking the famous river Seine. Those who love architecture will relish an opportunity to visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral - a structure which serves as a standard for classic French gothic architecture. Towering spires, flying buttresses and an idyllic location overlooking the water make the Notre-Dame Cathedral one of the top things to see in Paris, France. Consider enjoying lunch at an open-air café in the shadow of the cathedral to enhance your tour.
Whether or not you're an art lover, a visit to the renowned Louvre art museum is a quintessential thing to do in Paris. This elaborate museum offers so many beautiful pieces that travelers could very well schedule an entire day to tour the Louvre. Scout out local restaurants before you start your adventure - with all of that walking you'll want to start your morning off right with a delicious meal.
Is there anything more perfect than enjoying a fresh croissant while sitting at an open-air café? The stillness in Paris at first light before the city of Paris ramps up for the day ahead is magical and whether you're an early bird or a night owl you simply must rise early and spend the first portion of your day at your neighborhood bakery or street-side café.
Everyone who visits Paris will inevitably be drawn to its most iconic structure: the Eiffel Tower. We recommend that you consider visiting this popular attraction at different times of day and take photos near the monument which will be truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you witness the Eiffel Tower at first light and watch the sun's golden rays reveal this renowned structure as the sun crests the city skyline or you view the tower at night when the city takes on a magical glow - a visit to the Eiffel Tower is one of the best things to do in Paris.
After you read our tips on driving in Paris and our France car rental FAQ you'll be well prepared to hit the road and one of the best ways to take in the iconic Arc de Triomphe in Paris is to circle the structure by car. One of the best times of day to circle this structure is early in the morning or late at night when special lighting highlights every artistic detail. There will also be less traffic at these times which will allow you to take your time and circle the structure without stressing about traffic zipping in and out in front of you. Want to improve the experience? Enjoy panoramic views by renting a convertible in Paris.
Of course this is only the beginning. There are innumerable exciting things to see in Paris and with a budget-friendly rental car from Auto Europe the most exciting attractions in Paris are at your fingertips.