I don’t like cities. Barcelona, meh. London, cool to see once. But Paris, STUNNING. Paris has so many amazing sights like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower but what makes Paris special is everything in between. Every single street is so picturesque, there are so many pretty parks scattered throughout the city, and the Seine that winds around Paris makes every view scenic. Not to mention, the unbelievably delicious French pastries, chocolate, and food, that in itself, will make you want to stay longer. We only had 1 day to see Paris before we had to head back toward Norway for our flight home. We did a lot of research before visiting to the make the most of our trip and at the end of the time, I was blown away by how much we were able to see and do in the city of lights. We’ve gathered together everything you need to know to make the most of one day in Paris. We’ve also provided tons of tips on getting around Paris in one day, getting to Paris, other tours and attractions, and a map for your Paris itinerary at the bottom of this blog.
1 Day Paris Itinerary
This amazing itinerary we’ve created hits all of the most famous spots in Paris plus our favorite underdog destinations like the parks of West Paris and Rue de Montparnasse. This is an 11 mile route which is totally doable by foot but at any point you can choose to hop on a bus or train to get to the next destination. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to so I’d highly recommend walking as much as you can. You’ll get to see all the random, cool streets and bridges in between the big attractions.
West Paris Parks
So few people mention the Paris Parks as a must see in Paris but they were one of my absolute favorite parts of the whole day. It’s worth visiting year round, but the fall colors of October and November make it even more spectacular.
As our Paris accommodation was Camping Paris, we passed through along the Park near the Jardin d’Acclimation amusement park. We loved the ponds and the trees and the fall leaves on the floor and we even loved the amazing architecture of Fondation Louis Vuitton.
To start off this day of fun in Paris, I highly recommend taking a train/bus to these parks. You will want to get a bus or train to take you to the Carrefour de Longchamp bus stop or the Porte de Madrid bus stop. Walk through any part of the park to head toward your next stop, the Arc de Triomphe.
Arc de Triomphe
While there are other Archway structures like this throughout the city, I think what makes this one so unique is the large roundabout framing it. It’s frozen in the midst chaos.