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Traveling Paris during Tour de France
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The Tour de France ends at Champs Elysses on July 22nd.
Should we avoid touring Paris on that day, or do we just have to avoid the route?
What about the days before and after?

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I wouldn’t worry about this too much, Kevin. Especially the days before and after which will be completely normal.

As for the day of, according to this map in the TdF’s official website, the route will just be a single straight route (not a zig zag) cutting across the southwestern part of the city proper into the center (when you look at the map in video in the link I provided, only the final one-sixth of that route is within the city proper). It’s a distant satellite image we’re looking at, but it looks like the route goes along the river (only in the southwest part of the city, so only along the westernmost stretch of the river), then goes north the the Champs Elysées, and [it looks like] eastward toward Place de la Concorde?

If you want to avoid the route on that day, then avoid the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe/Champs Elysées, both of which will be sqaurely along the route (I guess they purposely routed the TdF to pass by these iconic monuments). Although, IMO, it’ll probably be a hassle to cross the route, but shouldn’t be a big deal to hang out near the route. Then again, when you visit the Eiffel Tower, I highly advise also going to Trocadéro garden to get a great view of the tower; Trocadéro and the tower will be on opposite sides of the TdF route, so maybe save the tower for the day before or after.

You shouldn’t have any problems with the rest of the city. Areas like the Sacré Coeur/Montmartre district, the Marais district, Notre Dame, Quartier Latin, Luxembourg, and Boulevards St-Michel/St-Germain-des-Prés/Raspail (one of my favorite parts of the city) look like they’ll be far from the route. The Louvre will be close to the end of the route, but looks like it’ll be untouched by it, as the Champs Elysées Avenue ends significantly west of the building. Plus, there’s a metro stop right next to the building (the stop is Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre). And crossing the route undeground (by metro) shouldn’t be a problem.

You can plan an itinerary to avoid Paris during that time, but if you are in Paris around then, it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.