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See + Do Vedettes du Pont Neuf, Paris

Sure, a boat ride on the river is as touristy as an Eiffel Tower hat made of foam rubber, but the fact is that you get a completely different view of Paris, and... more

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See + Do Palais Royal, Paris

The Palais Royal is just across the Rue de Rivoli from the mobbed Louvre, yet surprisingly few people wander into the compound's quiet, colonnaded courtyard.... more

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Notre-Dame de Paris
See + Do Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris

Faith may have helped Bishop Maurice de Sully get Notre-Dame underway in 1160, but ceaseless toil is what finished the job by the end of the century. Despite... more

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See + Do Musée Rodin, Paris

Rodin's powerful bronze and stone sculptures would be stunning even if they were displayed in a parking lot, but here, they're housed in a 1728 private mansion,... more

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See + Do Musée National du Moyen Age, Paris

The best museums in Paris awe with beauty or provide a deepened understanding of the city. The Musée National du Moyen Age (also known as the... more

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See + Do Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

Only in Paris could the world's single largest collection of Monet paintings (along with works by Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir) be overshadowed by other... more

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Musée du Quai Branly
See + Do Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

After a decade of dithering, Parisian star architect Jean Nouvel's $300 million Seine-side complex finally opened in June 2006. Built to embody President... more

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Musée du Louvre
See + Do Musée du Louvre, Paris

The world's most famous museum, originally a royal residence, usually elicits one of two strong reactions from those who've never been before—exhilaration... more

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See + Do Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Since opening in 1986, the Musée d'Orsay has become one of the most successful and beloved museums in the world. The grandiose limestone edifice was... more

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See + Do Musée Carnavalet, Paris

Ignore the Mona Lisa's prima donna claim on the world's imagination. The first museum you should go to in Paris is this superb 140-room collection dedicated to... more

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Luxembourg Gardens
See + Do Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

On that inevitable day when you don't want to go to a museum and you're sick of shopping, come to the Luxembourg Gardens. Quite simply, there's no better... more

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See + Do Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris

Paris was one of the pioneering cities in the birth of photography: It was recognized as an art form here long before anywhere else. This handsome 17th-century... more

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Eiffel Tower
See + Do Eiffel Tower, Paris

It's hard to imagine just how avant-garde this tower of cast-iron girders was when it was built in 1889 to celebrate the World's Fair and the centenary of the... more

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Château de Versailles
See + Do Château de Versailles, Paris

People visit Versailles in the hopes of being absolutely dazzled by opulence. They're rarely disappointed. The palace is glorious, but unless you already have a... more

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See + Do Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

When it opened in 1977, the intention of this inside-out modern art museum—the staircases and pipes are famously exposed on its exterior—was to... more

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