I know of some visitors that avoid the Eiffel Tower like the plague, but I would advise against that. To experience it in all of its glory is a must at least once. I would recommend a day and night trip to the top to experience all Paris has to offer in both settings. Before entering the elevators, take a moment and stand in the giant rock piles under the Tower. Look straight up and try to grasp the difficulty in constructing this giant. The inclinator to the first floor is a spectacular view in itself, and those suffering from a fear of extreme heights may be satisfied enough with the view from here. It is also cheaper for the first leg only. However, do not cheat yourself as the elevator ride to the top was for me the most thrilling of the visit. The top is clear and allows you to see the entire length of your climb. There is a cased in observation deck that is very helpful in distinguishing all major sites around Paris. One more flight of stairs takes to to the caged in top observation deck. Wind can be fierce up here, but you are quite safe. Look out over the edge for a view that will rattle even the most sturdy hands. There are also some small exhibits which chronicle the construction that are quite interesting. There is PLENTY of room and claustrophobia does not have to be a problem. Indulge your tourist soul and head on up!!!!
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