World's Coolest Observation Decks
Eiffel Tower too crowded? Oui, oui, monsieur. For a spectacular, open-air view of Paris without the crush of camera-happy tourists, head to the top of France’s tallest skyscraper, the 59-story Maine-Montparnasse Tower in the 14th Arrondissement. While the modern building itself won’t win any design awards, visitors to the 56th floor’s restaurant and observation deck are treated to gorgeous 25-mile views of the city.
Observe This: Endear yourself to Parisians by saying the Tour Montparnasse offers the best view of Paris—precisely because you can’t see the much-loathed building. —Jeff Koyen