“To the Louvre!” as they say in “Eurotrip” — this Paris landmark is not to be missed. Once a fort and then a palace, the massive Musée du Louvre is now the world’s largest art museum and many also regard it as the best. It’s here that you’ll find a trio of greats — the enigmatic “Mona Lisa,” the curvaceous Venus de Milo and the headless Winged Victory of Samothrace. But you’ll also find rooms upon rooms of more art: In fact 35,000 pieces fill the wings of this museum, which opened in 1793.
Although the Louvre is a must-see attraction for most, many travelers bemoan the crowds (especially around the surprisingly tiny “Mona Lisa”) and the sheer enormity of the museum (it’s almost too much). Thankfully, the museum sells day tickets to the permanent collections for €12 EUR (about $17 USD), which means you can go in the morning, grab some lunch and a breath of fresh air in the adjacent Jardin des Tuileries, and then head back inside in the afternoon. If you’re visting between October and March, save some money by planning your visit for the first Sunday of the month when access to the permanent collections is free