Paris is one of the great cities of the world—and it's just a 10-hour nonstop flight from Salt Lake City. The one direct European flight from Salt Lake International Airport is Delta's daily flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Book far enough in advance and mid-week, and round-trip prices could be around $1,300 (or 1,086 Euros, if you prefer).It's a wonderful world we live in when you can go from Temple Square to the Eiffel Tower in little more than the time it takes to put in a typical workday.
Paris is an unforgettable destination that's on most people's bucket list, whether for a romantic trip for two, a getaway with girlfriends or a family outing. Here are some tips that you won't find in guidebooks for doing the City of Light right.
Stop Waiting Around
If it's your first trip to Paris, you have to go to the Eiffel Tower. Why? Because nobody else has one! You've probably heard about the long lines, but you don't have to wait hours to get to the top. Check out "skip the line tours" at Paris.EasyPassTours.com before heading to the tower, top museums such as the Musee d'Orsay or even the popular Versailles.
Discover Art With a Twist
With 35,000 pieces of art, the Louvre is so much more than seeing the Mona Lisa, but it can be overwhelming trying to navigate such a massive collection. Discover hidden gems by booking a scavenger hunt through the museum at ThatLou.com. Choose from themes like Angels + Wings or Love + Marriage or even Skull Scouting, and they'll send you on a search as part of a fun competition.
Pose for a Paris Photo Shoot
Are you really going to have just a bunch of cell-phoneselfiesto show for your trip? Book a session with a pro photographer at Romantic Portraits Paris (KrystalKenney.com) to have photos in the best locations in the city: Notre Dame, the Seine, the Eiffel Tower. Theamazingshots preserve memoriesto last a lifetime.
Live Like a Local
It's hard to think of anything cooler than living in a cozy apartment in the heart of Paris. Check out MuseOfParis.com to find studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments to get away from the hotels and feel like a local in one of the historic neighborhoods. Beyond where to stay, Muse of Paris can also help you plan a specialitinerary that's just right for what you want out of your visit.
Forget the Tour Bus
Hop off the crowded tour bus and into a vehicle that seats just two with TwizTour.com. The Twizy is an electric two-seat vehicle that you can maneuver in and out of the Paris streets while a GPS with an audio guide directs you to all of the top sights. Best of all, you can get out and take pictures whenever you want.
Walk on the Chic Side
If you're looking to get beyond well-known tourist areas and find your way into Paris neighborhoods, check out the 18 different walking tours offered on GirlsGuideToParis.com. Even if you have a Y chromosome, you'll still enjoy a stroll through the hip Canal area, or a chocolate & pastry-filled jaunt through the St. Germain neighborhood. As the name indicates, Girls Guide is also designed for mademoiselles with guides on spas, gifts, dining and, of course, shopping.
Hit the Hammam
If you've come all the way to another continent, why have the same spa treatment you get back home? Try a hammam experience at O Kari Hammam (O-Kari.com/Hammam-Paris). Pamper yourself the European way by stripping down and washing your American stress away with tea and pastries before moving on to a body scrub set in a Turkish steam room, then finishing off with a hair wash with olive oil and rose water. It's a day fit for a king, but it's queens only, as O Kari admits just ladies.
Treat Your InnerJulia Child
Everyone knows you have to eat a Frenchmacaron while in Paris, but what if you want to take the taste home with you? You can learn to make macaronsthat will have your family and friends drooling with a session presented by CooknWithClass.com, which offers kids classes, a day of shopping with a chef at a local market and preparing a four-course meal with what you buy, and more.
The City of Light is one of the world's top destinations for many reasons. Paris has inspired countless travelers, artists, writers, musicians and lovers—and now you, since it takes just 10 hours to say, "Au revoir Salt Lake City, bonjour Paris!"