The Iron Lady of Paris (The Eiffel Tower)

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks. Standing tall over the Paris Skyline, it has become an iconic symbol for all travelers.

It’s probably the world’s most over-exposed landmark. La dame de fer, as Parisians would have it, or “The Iron Lady,” has become an iconic symbol of Paris, even more recognizable than much older landmarks like Notre Dame de Paris. It has also become a global symbol of travel. It is an oddly industrial tribute to a city that prides itself more on culture, history, and tradition.

By day, the Eiffel Tower is a focal point of the Paris skyline. Set amidst parkland in downtown Paris right next to the Seine, it becomes a spring outdoor meeting place. By night, it’s a brilliantly illuminated beacon that shimmers in the hourly light show. Paris is, after all, known as the City of Light.

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Travel Advice for France

You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for France (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.

The British and Australian governments offer their own country-specific travel information. You can find the British Government's travel advice for France here and the Australian Government's here.

Health & Vaccinations

The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for France here.

Guidebooks for France

If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for France. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.

Rick Steves France
  • Steves, Rick (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Fodor's Essential France (Full-color Travel Guide)
  • Fodor's Travel Guides (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Lonely Planet France 13 (Country Guide)
  • Williams, Nicola (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
DK Eyewitness France (Travel Guide)
  • DK Eyewitness (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
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