Step one: take the Paris metro to Charles de Gaulle-Etoile. Step two: walk towards the large arch in front of you. That's about all the directions you need for the Arc de Triomphe, although if you just look at it from ground level you're missing out. Climbing the Arc is a lot quicker than joining the huge queues for the Eiffel Tower, and in my opinion the views are better—for a start, you get to actually look at The Iron Lady herself. The day we went it was misty and only the triangular base of the tower could be seen—the rest vanished spookily into the clouds. Even better is the view of Paris's grand avenues—Champs-Élysées included—that spider out from the arch: awesome by day, twinkly by night. It's good value and we happened to go on Armistice Day when the wreaths laid by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier made a particularly poignant sight.
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Must See and Do in Paris!
While you are standing across from the L'Arc de Triomphe and as you try to figure out how you are going to navigate the Champes Elysees, look for tunnel which will take you underneath the Champs Elysees to the Arc De triomphe. The Champs Elysees is one of the busiest streets in Paris and the drivers on the Champs Elysees drive very quickly. Worth a visit and definitely a must do in Paris, perhaps even at 3 am in the morning.