Take the stairs up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Not only is this less than half the price of taking the elevator to the top, but you can buy tickets on the spot generally skip the queue and the view is still excellent. You can also buy stairs + elevator tickets depending on capacity at the ticket office, which means you, get the best of both worlds. Taking the stairs is on of the best ways to appreciate the architecture and engineering of the tower. Standing down towards Ecole Militaire or up at the Trocadero are other good spots to get a photo of the Eiffel Tower.

Take a walking tour, we love the Wego tours. You can also do a DIY walking tour by listening to one of the Rick Steves audio tours and showing yourself around. You can also walk between most major sites in Paris, such as the example below and enjoy some excellent views for free, such as the famous Pont Alexandre III.

Walk the streets with no plan and enjoy. Instead of hopping from monument to monument, take a leisurely stroll through one of the Paris quartiers, explore the markets, stores, cafes and unexpected sites.

Catch the train to the Blanche Metro stations and walk past the Moulin Rouge then wander up to Montmartre.

Have a picnic at Parc Monceau, the Jardins du Luxembourg, Place de Vosges or along the Champs de Mars looking up at the Eiffel Tour. You can visit any little supermarket such as Monoprix and get some premade meals and snacks or go French and buy a selection of cheese, charcuterie and a fresh baguette.

Visit Maison Victor Hugo, where the famous author lived in the Place des Vosges.

Go (window) shopping at Galleries Lafayette and Printemps. Head up to the rooftop of Printemps for one of the best views in Paris.

If you happen to hold an EU passport and are under 25, make sure you carry it with you as you can get free entry to lots of sites.

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