Many people around the world dream of visiting the magnificent Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. I have many friends who have made it a life goal to visit the monument. Personally, I never thought much about it. As a traveler I knew it was something I wanted to see eventually, but it never made the top of my list. That changed when I actually got to visit Paris myself.
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I never really appreciated how beautiful this structure was until I saw it in person. It stands much taller than I had ever imagined. I had researched before visiting and learned it was just over 1,000 feet tall, but that did not mean anything to me until I stood under it. My new fascination for the Eiffel Tower was the inspiration to write about the best way to view it.
Seine Boat Tour
A boat tour is the way to go! There are several companies available that tour up and down the Seine which gives a great view of many local attractions, including the Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower. I recommend taking a tour in the evening when the sun is about to set. Why? Because you get to see the tower in all of its glory. At night, lights on the tower turn on which you can see as the sun sets. Over the course of the night you can also watch the sparkling lights illuminate every hour. This sparkling light show only lasts 5 minutes (1), so don’t miss it! While I was on the boat tour, I saw to tower before it was lit, after it was lit, and I got to see it sparkle!
I recommend booking your boat tour ahead of time. There are several companies that give tours along the Seine, including:
After your boat tour, don’t forget to grab a crepe and take a stroll under the tower. Standing below you really get a sense of how enormous it is, especially when stand next to one of the legs. It’s a truly incredible experience!
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If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower, you’re going to want some pictures. Keep your camera safe in this handy camera bag! It’s the perfect size traveling and fits comfortably as a cross-body bag.