The European Union recently reopened for tourists and many Americans will resume their European holidays. For those that wish to travel to Europe, but for whatever reason cannot- there are little bits of Europe right here in the USA. Read on to discover these ten US destinations with European ambience.
US Destinations With European Ambience
Feel Like Visiting the Greek Isles in New England
Mount Desert Island in Maine has a similar vibe the island of Cyprus. Both islands have beautiful, lush hills perfect for hiking-with spectacular coastal views. In the historic hamlet of Bar Harbor, stay at the Inn on Mount Desert for an authentic island accommodation. For amazing stone crab and clams, dine at the delightful Rose Eden Lobster.
Channel The South of France on Rhode Island’s Coast
The massive, elegant beachfront mansions in Newport, Rhode Island will remind travelers of the stunning coastline and beautiful architecture of Nice, France. The city’s famous Cliff Walk wanders around these exquisite homes along with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. If you want tasty seafood, Fluke Newport offers seasonal dishes made with locally caught seafood, shellfish, and lobster.
See the Spanish Influences in Florida
In St. Augustine Florida visitors will see the influence of 1500s Spanish explorers. The culture and customs of these early explorers is still thriving today in northeast Florida. The city is full of stunning Spanish colonial architecture, and the remarkable 17th century fortress, Castillo de San Marcos. Try the outstanding Spanish cuisine such as seafood paella at Casa Maya.
See America’s ‘Little Switzerland’
New Glarus, Wisconsin gets its name due to the resemblance the town has to Glarus, Switzerland. Every September, the Wilhelm Tell Festival highlights the story of Swiss independence with live presentations, authentic costumes, and even livestock! While in New Glarus, get a mouthful of rich Swiss chocolate or scrumptious Swiss-American pastries at New Glarus Bakery.
Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Midwest
The residents of Frankenmuth, Michigan are extremely proud of their German heritage-and it shows. This tiny Bavarian inspired town is a popular Michigan destination due to its wonderful German heritage festivals. Be sure to visit the year round Bronner’s Christmas Market to get a taste of the holidays in Bavaria.
See Tulips and Windmills on Lake Michigan
Tourists can get a true Dutch experience in Holland, Michigan. This quaint little town is full of Dutch architecture, cuisine, shops, and events. The annual Tulip Time Festival will have you believe you are actually in the Netherlands in springtime.
Learn About Swedish Heritage in Kansas
Come and visit what is known as ‘Little Sweden’ in Lindsborg, Kansas. In downtown, you will find the Swedish Pavilion, originally constructed for the 1904 world’s fair. Every October, Lindsborg honors the home country with a celebration of Swedish Heritage. For an authentic Swedish meal, stop into The Crown and Rye.
Transport Yourself To Tuscany in Northern California
The Napa Valley in California is home to superb wine and breathtaking landscapes just like Italy’s Tuscany region. Guests can visit the Tuscan inspired Napa Valley Lodge and even stay in lodging in the middle of the vineyard. Verve Napa Valley hosts many wine country tours and events similar to those in the famous Italian wine country.
See A Stunning Coastline Similar To Cinque Terre on the Pacific
Anyone that has ever been to Cinque Terre will enjoy spectacular Big Sur, California. Both places have jagged, towering cliffs with outstanding coastal views. Visitors love hiking these gorgeous California cliffs that have the same majesty of Cinque Terre-without the hordes of tourists.
Ski in a Town Inspired by the French Alps
When visiting Mount Hood in Oregon, you will feel the spirit of the stunning French Alps. The mountain has year round snow and spectacular skiing that does rival the elegance of its European counterpart. Guests can stay at the historic Timberline Lodge, an Alps inspired establishment immortalized in the 1980 horror film The Shining.
This year, plan to visit one of these US destinations with European ambience!
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