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Iconic Sites and Hidden Gems of Paris

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Iconic Sites and Hidden Gems of Paris is a 12.2 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Paris, Île-de-France, France that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 12.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,030 feet Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly


bike touring




city walk

historic site

The "hidden" gems in this guide aren't exactly hidden, but they tend to get overshadowed by Paris' big-ticket attractions, and often get bypassed by first-time visitors to a city that is spoiled with dramatic cultural riches. No visit to Paris is complete without seeing highlights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or the Arc de Triomphe, but that doesn't need to be at the expense of other fascinating nearby sights that can be more fun, less crowded and give you a fuller sense of the city's passionate, colorful and sometimes dark nature. While the waypoints here mainly focus on sights, the route is planned so you can enjoy the feel of this unique city as you walk between them. You need at least four or five days to do justice to the full itinerary. If you are here for less time, it would be better to pick your favorite places and save the others for a future visit rather than rush frantically through a Paris checklist.

6 months ago

Have visited these areas of Paris several times during my visits to the city. Always spectacular.

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