Paris activities and experiences
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Every season in Paris is a wonderful time to visit. Spring is romantic, fall brings Fashion Week, summer is perfect for relaxing in a park and winter sees the city decorated in sparkling lights.
The best time to visit Paris depends on what kind of weather you prefer — and how adamant you are about avoiding crowds.
The ideal time to visit may be September and October or March through May.
Fall is the sweet spot, with moderate temperatures and dwindling crowds from the busy summer swarms. Plus, seasonal foliage stuns — enjoy a postcard stroll through the Jardin des Champs-Élysées, framed by vibrant reds and oranges. Expect temperatures in the upper 60s throughout September, dipping to low 50s and 40s in November.
But watch out for Fashion Week in late September, as hotel rooms may be scarce.
More interested in springtime blooms? Paris is fragrant with cherry blossoms March through May. Join locals who emerge from indoors to enjoy picnics in the park and stroll along the Seine.
From late March onward, the weather is mild — temperatures range from 42 °F to 66 °F. You might get caught in afternoon rain showers, but they shouldn’t ruin the day.
But avoid visiting around Easter, as prices tend to spike.
Winter is the off-season in Paris, with temperatures ranging between 35 °F to 45 °F December through February. Crowds are small, lines are short and la Ville Lumière glows. Aside from around Christmas when prices could spike, you may find the best travel deals in the winter.
June through August is peak tourist season in the capital city. Temperatures can reach 80 °F and prices are the most expensive.
Note that in August, Paris lacks a bit of its local luster. Many inhabitants leave the city to vacation elsewhere. You might also find a variety of Parisian shops and restaurants closed this month.
As Ernest Hemingway proclaimed, Paris is a feast for the senses — no matter when you visit. Whether you’re drawn to vibrant fall colors or springtime cherry blossoms, booking a flight to Paris guarantees experiences that will stay with you for life.
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