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10 U.S. Destinations That Will Make You Swear You’re In Europe

Calling all U.S. residents who've ever dreamt of driving to Europe.

Note: The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. It’s important to check and adhere to local government policies if you’re planning any trips.

1. Leavenworth, Washington

Snowy, well-lit street in Leavenworth

Euro Region of Influence: Bavaria

Leavenworth's Bavarian facade was actually part of a 1960 plan to makeover the city with European influence in an attempt to draw in visitors. Today, the city boasts wineries, spas, and farmers markets galore.

2. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Bavarian-style rooftop in Frankenmuth

Euro Region of Influence: Bavaria

Known as Michigan's "Little Bavaria," the family-friendly Frankenmuth greets its visitors with a series of annual festivals, museums, and more. And don't forget to come hungry — this city is also known for their "world-famous chicken dinners."

3. Helen, Georgia

Bavarian-style town center in Helen

Euro Region of Influence: Bavaria

Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen is home to authentic German cuisine, boundless pastoral views, and hiking trails smattered with waterfalls and mountains.

4. St. Augustine, Florida

Spanish-inspired bridge in St. Augustine

Euro Region of Influence: Spain

Known for its colonial, Spanish-influenced architecture, St. Augustine is a destination rife with history. It's also a destination made for tourists with a proclivity for shopping and fine dining. Seems like you really can have it all in St. Augustine!

5. Santa Barbara, California

Gorgeous Spanish architecture in Santa Barbara

Euro Region of Influence: Spain

Santa Barbara's breathtaking natural offerings treat guests to views of cascading mountains in one direction and sprawling beaches in another. Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara for a taste of the city's history, marked by the singular architectural style of early Spanish settlers.

6. Holland, Michigan

Brightly-colored tulip fields and windmill in Holland, Michigan.

Euro Region of Influence: Netherlands

From its vibrant tulip farms to its lush Windmill Island gardens, the United States' very own Holland is a botanical oasis steeped in Dutch history and culture.

7. Solvang, California

Danish-looking architecture in Solvang

Euro Region of Influence: Denmark

California's "Little Slice of Denmark" is famed for its quaint retail offerings, its "Danish Days," and, of course, the Solvang Grape Stomp.

8. Calistoga, California

Small stone home overlooking Napa countryside

Euro Region of Influence: Italy

Situated within California's Napa Valley, Calistoga is a European-inflected city home to wineries, hot springs, and lush natural landscapes.

9. Vail, Colorado

Snowy ski village in Vail

Euro Region of Influence: Switzerland

Regarded primarily as a premier skiing village, Vail's essence has been modeled after the ski districts of European countries such as Switzerland and Italy. Vail is an outdoor adventurer's paradise, offering visitors access to hiking routes, biking trails, and, of course, myriad skiing opportunities.

10. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orlean's French Quarter

Euro Region of Influence: France

With all it has to offer visitors, the "Big Easy" might as well be known as the "Vastly Interesting." Whether you head on down for Mardi Gras or take a trip for the sole purpose of enjoying some local Creole cuisine topped off by pillowy beignets, there's something for everyone in this French-tinged city.

Images from Getty/iStock

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