Almost everyone would love to travel to Europe at one time or another in their lifetime, but the trip can be expensive and lengthy. Once a person is over in Europe, they will want to see as much as possible, which means that they will need to spend weeks or months living in hotels, traveling by train, plane, or car, and eating out in restaurants. However, there is a way for everyone to get a feel of many European cities without leaving the United States.
Here are the 10 U.S. cities that have a European feel:
1 Leavenworth, WA
Leavenworth is only a two-hour drive from Seattle and anyone who wants to visit Germany will find that this is the perfect substitute. Leavenworth looks like a small Bavarian village and the area comes alive in the fall and winter months during Oktoberfest and Christmastime. A few of the popular Christmas destinations are the Gingerbread Factory, the Nutcracker Museum, and the Icicle Brewing Company. Of course, the Icicle Brewing Company is a great place to grab a cold beer and relax at any time of the year, and younger people can enter the brewery until ten at night every day they are open.
2 Kansas City, MO
The tile roofs, courtyards, and towers that have been built in Kansas City were designed to mimic the ones in Seville, Spain. A trip to Kansas City is much cheaper than a flight to Spain and visitors can still experience gondola rides, amazing architecture, and entertainment by street performers, just like they would while in Seville.
3 New Glarus, WI
Switzerland is known for chocolate and yodeling and a person can find one of the two in New Glarus. New Glarus is filled with alpine architecture and there is a Yodeling Club that practices on the lawn of the Swiss Church. The Heidi Folk Fest will complete the European feel for everyone.
4 Lindsborg, KS
Lindsborg is also known as Little Sweden and everyone should visit the Swedish Pavilion which was part of the 1904 World’s Fair. On Main Street, there are numerous wild dala horses roaming around. Lindsborg really feels like Sweden in the Fall when the Svensk Hyllningsfest is held and this festival is a Swedish celebration that includes food, costumes, music, and dancing.
5 Pella, IA
The Netherlands have arrived in Pella, complete with a windmill in Central Park. The Vermeer Mill is the largest one in the United States. During the Tulip Time Festival, which is held every Fall, people dress in traditional Dutch clothing and attend parades before dancing, eating, and looking at the thousands of tulips. The best Dutch Apple Bread can be found at Vander Ploeg.
6 New Orleans, LA
The French discovered and settled down in New Orleans before anyone else and that history has continued to be prevalent as the city has evolved. The architecture of the oldest buildings is what makes this city look and feel like it belongs in Europe. One of the most infamous European Festivals in Mardi Gras and New Orleans is the only place to experience the real Mardi Gras.
7 Venice, CA
Venice may still be part of Los Angeles, but that is where the American feel ends. There are multiple canals that run through Venice and the people have a laid-back attitude that is reminiscent of most Europeans.
8 Portland, OR
Portland has the largest number of microbreweries in the U.S. and the locals know their beer just like any European does. Inside the city of Portland, there are many small restaurants, which are just like the ones that are found all around Europe. Portland may even be the city in the U.S. that is the most like a European city, because they care about the environment, have amazing public transportation, and there are lots of public spaces.
9 Fredericksburg, TX
People in Fredericksburg, TX can still hear some of the German Texas drawl that was everywhere when the city was founded back in 1846. Two of the most popular attractions in Fredericksburg are the Vereins-Kirche and Haussegen Platz Log. German expressions are still heard in this city and whenever people are going to go out for a beer, they state that they are going to the biergarten.
10 Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia might be a famous All-American city, but the architecture and many features are quite European. Anyone who walks through Fairmount Park should know that it is the largest urban landscaped park in the entire world and since urban parks are found throughout Europe, this is one of the features that makes Philadelphia feel European. The multiple markets around the city are similar to the ones that can be found in Europe and the murals and outdoor sculptures show that the cultural scene in Philadelphia is as wonderful as it is in Europe.
These ten cities will make a person feel like they are in Europe and they are easier to travel to as well. While they are not as fabulous as the real Europe, they will offer just a taste of the real thing.