PARIS VACATION IDEAS

42 Beautiful Photos of Paris in Spring

With flowering public gardens and boulevards made for strolling hand-in-hand, this is the perfect time of year to visit Paris!

  1. A classic view of Paris from the Arc de Triomphe.

    (Luboslav Tiles/Dreamstime)
  2. The park around the Eiffel Tower is open into the evening, when the site is (at least a little) less crowded.

    (Courtesy lavenderdays/myBudgetTravel)
  3. When it was first propopsed, Paris's artists called the Eiffel Tower "monstrous." It now attracts more than 7 million visitors each year.

    (Dan Breckwoldt / Dreamstime.com)
  4. The Louvre museum may have the greatest collection of recognizable masterpieces, such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, in the world.

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  5. The Louvre was once a palace and a fort. As great as the art inside is, don't forget to tour the grounds and gardens.

    (Erik De Graaf / Dreamstime.com)
  6. Keep this tip in mind: The Louvre is less crowded around mid-afternoon, and prices drop after 3 p.m.

    (Courtesy lglatham/myBudgetTravel)
  7. The amazing buildings of Versailles are a short trip outside Paris, and not to be missed in springtime.

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  8. If blooming gardens are your thing, Versailles might be your favorite spot in France.

    (Courtesy Gingerlocks/myBudgetTravel)
  9. A day trip fit for a king? Set aside at least a day to tour Versailles.

    (Henry/Wikimedia Commons)
  10. Le Consulat, an iconic spot in artsy Montmartre.

    (Pablo Rogat/Dreamstime)
  11. Don't forget to take time to just stroll the streets of Paris, where you'll come across exceptional cafés and do some of the world's best people watching.

    (Aprescindere/Dreamstime)
  12. Most Paris hotels will offer a complimentary coffee and croissant each morning.

    (Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Dreamstime)
  13. Notre Dame cathedral has been wowing visitors for centuries.

    (Michal Bednarek/Dreamstime)
  14. The view from atop Notre Dame as Quasimodo himself might have seen it.

    (Courtesy alexgbaguio/myBudgetTravel)
  15. The view of Notre Dame from the Seine is one of Paris's most inspiring sights.

    (Courtesy CliffK/myBudgetTravel)
  16. A panorama of Paris features Sacre Coeur in the distance.

    (Aliaksandr Ivanou/Dreamstime)
  17. You'll find the famous basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.

    (Dan Breckwoldt/Dreamstime)
  18. The don't-miss aerial view of Paris from the Sacre Coeur basilica in Montmartre.

    (Aliaksandr Ivanou/Dreamstime)
  19. Springtime is the best time to visit Paris. Here, the colorful flowers at the Tuileries.

    (Courtesy Jameson/myBudgetTravel)
  20. As beautiful as Paris's art and archictecture are, sometimes they can't compare with the spring flowers.

    (Courtesy travelmama/myBudgetTravel)
  21. Flowers in a Paris market.

    (Courtesy laratada/myBudgetTravel)
  22. Sunset at the Arc de Triomphe.

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  23. For yet another great view of Paris's river and classic architecture, visit the Arc de Triomphe.

    (Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)
  24. The Arc de Triomphe flies a fluttering French flag.

    (Courtesy LisaG/myBudgetTravel)
  25. Paris's Luxembourg Garden is a magnet for springtime visitors.

    (Alvaroennes/Dreamstime)
  26. Palais du Luxembourg is home to some of the finest public gardens in Paris.

    (Mirceax/Dreamstime)
  27. Luxembourg Garden is a good spot for a stroll or a picnic.

    (Jardins du Luxembourg or Luxembourg garden in Paris, France)
  28. Main hall of the Musée D'Orsay, in a former railroad station.

    (Jan Kranendonk/Dreamstime)
  29. View of the Musée D'Orsay, on the left bank of the Seine.

    (Elena Makarova/Dreamstime)
  30. Musee D'orsay is housed in the former Beaux-Arts style Gare d'Orsay.

    (Beriliu/Dreamstime)
  31. Paris is second to none for people watching.

    (Nicknickko/Dreamstime)
  32. You can reenact An American in Paris by strolling hand-in-hand by the Seine.

    (Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Dreamstime)
  33. Parisians stroll the Champs Elysees in springtime.

    (Radu Razvan Gheorghe/Dreamstime)
  34. Shakespeare and Company has been attracting book lovers since the days when Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce made Paris their home.

    (Courtesy linJudy/Flickr)
  35. Inside the famous Shakespeare and Company book shop.

    (Courtesy ashbot/Flickr)
  36. Shakespeare and Company championed important works of 20th-century modernism such as James Joyce's Ulysses.

    (Courtesy UncleBucko/Flickr)
  37. The funeral parlour at Paris's iconic cemetery of Pere Lachaise.

    (Bensliman Hassan/Dreamstime)
  38. The grave of rock star Jim Morrison is a mecca for Doors devotees.

    (Wiktor Wojtas/Dreamstime)
  39. Pere Lachaise cemetery is an unlikely, yet wildly popular, tourist draw.

    (Pere-lachaise cemetery, Paris, France)
  40. Classic Parisian fare at Les Deux Magots.

    (Courtesy BKP/Wikimedia Commons)
  41. A cheerful windowbox above Les Deux Magots.

    (Courtesy Nico Paix/Wikimedia Commons)
  42. You can follow in the footsteps of Paris's artists and philosophers at Les Deux Magots.

    (Courtesy roger.salz/Wikimedia Commons)

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