A trip to Europe isn’t feasible for every budget. The good news is, if you are hungry for European flair, there are cities in North America that can feed your urge while still saving your wallet.
Want to visit France? Try these places:
New Orleans, LA: Settled during the French Colonial period, it was originally called La Nouvelle-Orléans. It is home of some breathtaking French and Spanish Creole architecture in the US.
Washington, DC: French architecture is strewn about the nation’s capital. Among them are hotels, spas, the National Cathedral, restaurants and museums.
Gallipolis, OH: This small Ohio town was founded by French nationals, it is still referred to as the Old French Settlement and by visiting the shops and boutiques, it is not hard to see why. The culture and history can be felt in the very air.
Calistoga, CA: This is more of an area than a town, but the views inspire feelings of the area of Provence in France. There are olive groves, lavender fields, and wineries which further add to the French feel.
If Italy is your heart’s desire, try these cities:
Venice, CA: Just like its namesake, Venice, CA has wide canals, beautiful murals and an artistic flair. Just like Europe, you will find open markets and wine cafes.
Baltimore, MD: Baltimore has its own area known as Little Italy. The old world neighborhood hosts film festivals, fruit markets, bocce tournaments, and imported Italian cuisine.
If you want some English quaintness, this city should suit you fine:
Boston, MA: Settled by the British before America was a country, it is not surprising that Boston has maintained some of the culture from its roots. People in Boston rely on public transportation and live densely, just like many people in Europe do.
Aside from the bullfighting, these cities keep much of the Spanish flair:
St. Augustine, FL: Established by Spanish explorers in 1565, it remains the oldest city in the US. Spanish style homes, churches and business complexes still stand as an inspiration to locals and tourists alike.
San Diego, CA: Many people will tell you that especially along the coast, San Diego looks a lot like Spain. Its architecture only adds to the Spanish resemblance.
If Germany beckons you, try these out:
Frankenmuth, MI: The name even tells of the German heritage that founded it. In the fall, they have Oktoberfest and in June they host Bavarian Fest. All year round they celebrate their German heritage.
Fredericksburg, TX: More than a dozen wineries celebrate their German foundations through cuisine, festivals, music and charming homes.
These cities have elements of various European sites, and are definitely worth a visit.
Philadelphia, PA: The open markets and outdoor spaces will have you feeling like you’re in Europe. Add this to the European styled buildings and it will feel like a mini-vacation.
San Francisco, CA: The last century brought immigrants from Poland, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Scandinavia. With them they brought their own languages and cuisines. Now, San Francisco has neighborhoods that echo the personality of the people that settled these regions. Just like Europe, many areas mix business and residential areas.
Portland, OR: Despite it not having a lot of the Old World architecture, those who have been to Europe say the atmosphere is definitely European.
Chicago, IL: Since it was first settled, Chicago has seen settlers from Germany, England, France, Norway, Italy, and many other places. Each of these groups has left a distinctive mark on Chicago. The city celebrates this diversity with a calendar full of cultural events.