Paris Travel Guides

Beautiful, glamorous and romantic, Paris has been a major hub of fashion, finance, commerce and the arts since the 17th century. The City of Light’s more than 2 million residents and nearly 16 million yearly visitors enjoy world-class museums, must-see monuments and cultural landmarks, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world — the Eiffel Tower.

Where to Stay

Hotels in Paris are located throughout the 20 arrondissements, or neighborhoods, that spiral out from the center of the city. Students and tourists often choose to stay in the centrally located 5th arrondissement, which offers a variety of hotels within walking distance of many popular destinations. The area is also known as the Latin Quarter, because the residents at one time literally spoke Latin. If you like a quieter locale, consider staying in the 18th arrondissement, also known as Montmarte, which offers a village atmosphere on a hill above the city. Saint-Germain-des-Pres, the 6th arrondissement, is a trendy area with lots of bars and nightclubs where you’ll find hotels that fit a slightly higher budget.

Airports

There are two main airports serving Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France, with three terminals and an attached complex of office buildings, shopping areas and hotels. Before Charles de Gaulle opened, Orly was the main airport for Paris travel and remains the busiest airport for domestic traffic. Paris can be accessed from Orly via freeways, buses and the Orlyval automatic metro service, which connects to the Antony station.

Top Things to Do

There are seemingly endless sightseeing possibilities in Paris, but visitors will want to take in some of the most important landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum. One of the best Old World neighborhoods to tour is Le Marais, between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, where Victor Hugo penned "Les Miserables" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Other tours include the incredible Palace of Versailles, a royal residence-turned-museum; the Catacombs of Paris, which offer an eerie look into an underground ossuary; and the Champs-Elysees, a luxurious mile-long stretch of avenue known for its theatres, restaurants and shops. And if you’re traveling with children — or an adult who loves the wonderful world of Disney — you’ll definitely want to go to Disneyland Paris!

Weather/Seasonal Information

If you’re planning to spend the proverbial April in Paris, be sure to pack for chilly weather. The average high temperature in April is in the low 50s, but the summer months are warmer, averaging a pleasant 68 degrees in July. The winter and spring months of November through March stay around the 40-degree mark, and May is the wettest month.

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