I often seen tourists looking at their map and discussing which Métro stop is closest to the Eiffel Tower so they can get to it as directly as possible. This sounds perfectly logical, but I always tell these people they’re making a mistake! If you take the Métro to one of the stops that’s closest, you exit into a boring neighborhood, you can’t see the Tower from where you are, you don’t know which way to go, and the whole thing is pretty anti-climactic. But there’s a much better way!
Take the Métro to the stop called Trocadéro, on line 6 or 9. In the Métro station, follow the signs toward the exit marked “Tour Eiffel.” Walk up the steps to the sidewalk, and walk forward ten meters or so, and on the left there’ll be large open square with a few steps leading up to it. This is the Place du Trocadéro. As soon as you arrive in the Place you’ll be greeted with an absolutely breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower! Here’ll you’ll find all the other tourists who got this same advice from someone. The Place du Trocadéro is THE perfect place to get the best possible photos of you and your entourage with the Eiffel Tower in the background. You’ll see lots of people putting their arm out and lining up the pic just right so it looks like they’ve got their hand on top of the tower; give it a shot! This is very possibly the place where you’ll take the photo that defines your visit to Paris.