The most captivating city in the world, Paris is relatively compact, which makes it a great place for lovers in France to explore on foot. Most of its major sights and museums are within walking distance of one another. And the best hotels in Paris are destinations unto themselves. From the decor to the service to the food, you'll experience the ultimate in luxury at a top-of-the-line Paris hotel.
For a panoramic view of Paris, take the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you can arrange to have a meal there, arrive at the Restaurant Jules Verne just before twilight to savor the beautiful vistas.
First-timers will also want to see Paris' world-famous churches, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which stands on Montmartre hill overlooking the capital city of France.
A center of culture for centuries, Paris boasts some 130 fascinating museums. But if you can only make it to two, the illustrious Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay -- known for its Impressionist collection -- ought to top your list. In main Métro stations, intrepid visitors can pick up a one-, three-, or five-day museum pass good for admission to 70 museums in and around Paris.
Do leave time to wander through Paris. Exquisite gardens, stunning architecture, cobblestone streets, beautifully landscaped parks, stylish boutiques, and the lively cafés and bistros along the banks of the river Seine all await your discovery in France's most dynamic city.
Spend a night at an authentic Paris cabaret, such as La Belle Epoque, which features a dazzling show with can-can girls plus dinner by candlelight and dancing to a live orchestra.
Lido de Paris, known for its exquisite showgirls, mounts an extravaganza that includes ice skating, aerial and aquatic ballets, and some 600 costume changes for its "Bluebell Girls." The menu, designed by Paul Bocuse, includes a wine list with 60 different Champagnes from France.
Top Hotels in Paris, France
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris (check rates now)
Mandarin Oriental Paris (check rates now)
Hotel Fouquet's Barriere (check rates now)
L'Hotel (check rates now)
Four Seasons Hôtel George V (check rates now)
Castille Paris (check rates now)
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Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome (check rates now)
Hôtel Plaza Athenee
Hôtel Pont Royal
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