Paris’s most iconic attraction is undoubtedly the Eiffel Tower. Would you believe Parisians once thought the 1,063 foot iron lattice structure was an eyesore? It was nearly sold for scrap metal in 1909. Fortunately, Paris has grown to love it, and so has everyone else–it’s one of the most visited structures in the world. Learn more about the history of the Eiffel Tower by taking one of the guided tours offered or visiting the tower’s museum for a self guided lesson. Once you make it to the top, you’ll be able to see the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and much more. You can’t take the stairs all the way to the top, but riding in the glass elevator and watching the the view expand beneath you is an experience in itself. The second floor also offers a great view, and since it’s easier to make things out from that height, it’s ideal for taking pictures. Truthfully the Eiffel Tower itself is stunning from every angle and level, even the ground. So even if you’re afraid of heights, you’ll have plenty to see. It's perhaps the most beautiful when it lit up at night, so be sure to catch a glimpse of it then. It's lit for just five minutes every hour.