Picture Paris … odds are the first image that comes into your mind is this webbed metal spire rising almost 1,063 feet above the city. So it's ironic that it was nearly pulled down after its commission as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World Fair. But its role as a radio transmitting tower ensured Gustave Eiffel's creation remained the world's tallest structure until 1930 (when it was topped by New York's Chrysler Building).
The tower's three viewing platforms offer dizzying views by day and at night, when thousands of gold lights sparkle every hour. If you have thighs of steel, you could take the 1,665 stairs as far as the second level. Otherwise change elevators on the second level to reach the top.
Definitely pre-book your visit, the Eiffel Tower is on of the top things to do in Paris, via the brand-new online ticketing service. Book ahead, too, for the decently priced first-level Restaurant Le 58, or the second-level Michelin-starred, Alain Ducasse-directed dream Le Jules Verne (reached by private elevator and wildly expensive but worth it for maximum wow factor).
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- Nearest Train: Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel