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The Best Tips for Planning a Paris Trip

Planning a Paris Trip - Image via Flickr by photophilde
Written by Duke Stewart

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Planning a Paris Trip

Paris is at the top of many travelers’ lists and how can you argue with a visit to the City of Light? The city mixes culture, cuisine, and scenery to attract visitors each year. Take a look at some of the following tips to get you started on your Paris travel plans.

Pick the Best Time to Visit

Paris is a four-season destination, but your visit here depends on personal preference. The late spring and summer months are ideal for weather, and these seasons are when many Parisians leave the city for the beaches and other summer holiday destinations.

Budget travelers should look to spring or fall for a balance between best Paris flight deals and weather. You can save even more money on your trip if you decide to visit between December and February, a time of year that doesn’t receive as many tourists.

Choose the Right Hotel in the Perfect Spot

Picking the right place to stay in Paris requires thoughts about budget, timing, and the location where you want to start. Be sure to book early, since hotels often offer lower rates for advanced reservations.

Book something close to the most popular Paris attractions to save yourself the hassle of long daily journeys. If you’re OK with more travel time each day, then a hotel away from the city center shouldn’t be a problem.

See Three Popular Spots, But Don’t Rush

Your Paris trip itinerary is full, but make sure it features some of the best places to visit in the city. You can easily get lost in your expectations when traveling, but keeping a simple rule of three will keep your ambitions at a practical level.

Even if you’re thinking about a short stay, any Paris visitor would be happy to explore the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre’s premier art collections, and the Arc de Triomphe. Honorable mentions include the Musée d’Orsay, an art museum, or the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Search for Lesser-Known Paris Attractions

Many Paris visitors know all about the city’s best attractions, but what about the lesser-known Paris attractions that go overlooked? Something special yet unknown might be worth a visit.

Think about Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, an immaculate Gothic church that’s within reach of the Pantheon or La Conciergerie. La Conciergerie is a former palace near the Sainte-Chapelle that housed many criminals during the French Revolution, including Marie Antionette. These two venues can be the start of many more places and activities to explore outside mainstream Paris travel.

Prepare for a Wonderful Trip

Now that you have some ideas about how to choose your travel time and hotel, you can prepare for your Paris trip. Remember that Paris teems with tourists in the warmer months and slows down during fall and winter. Don’t worry about seeing everything, but keep an eye out for Paris’s uncovered spots.

I’m excited for you and hope your journey to Paris is a meaningful one. Enjoy your stay and don’t forget to pack your camera and leave space for the souvenirs.

About the author

Duke Stewart

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.