06/16/2014 02:02 pm ET Updated Aug 25, 2014

10 Best Views in Paris

Ascending the Eiffel Tower for its breathtaking views is one of Paris's undisputed thrills--just ask the 7 million visitors who do it each year. Though a sweeping view of Paris from one of the city's emblematic sites--the Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Coeur, the towers of Notre Dame--is a must for a vast majority of tourists, oppressive crowds and ridiculously long waits can diminish the experience and squander valuable vacation hours. If you're willing to try something new, or push a little farther afield, there are spectacular views to be had with fewer (or no) crowds, and unparalleled cultural or dining experiences thrown in as well.

by Jennifer Ladonne

10 Best Views in Paris

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