Europe has always been the big glamour spots for Americans who wanted to take a trip. Being so impressed with the continent’s aesthetics, these vacationers forgot to realize that their own country offers the same vibe if they only know how to find them.
If you want to seek out the next best thing to a European trip, you might as well visit one of these remarkably similar American destinations. Here are seven small towns in the U.S. that might fool you into thinking you were actually on the other continent!
1. Solvang, California
Solvang is a city in southern California’s Santa Ynez Valley. It’s known for its Danish-style architecture and many wineries. Thanks in large part to its unique half-timbered architecture, Solvang has become a major California tourist attraction with over one million visitors per year.
2. Helen, Georgia
Helen is a mountain town in northeast Georgia. It’s known for its vineyards and Bavarian-style buildings. Because of this, tourism is the leading industry in Helen, catering mostly to weekend visitors from the Atlanta area and also motorcyclists who enjoy riding the beautiful roads of Helen and its surrounding areas during all seasons.
3. Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth is a Bavarian-styled village in the Cascade Mountains, in central Washington State. Alpine-style buildings with restaurants serving German beer and food line Front Street.
4. Pella, Iowa
Pella is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. Founded by immigrants from the Netherlands, it is forty miles southeast of Des Moines. Pella is home to many local events and architectural sites.
5. St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S. and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches.
6. Holland, Michigan
Holland is a city on the shore of Lake Macatawa, in Michigan. The city is perhaps best known for its Dutch heritage, which serves not only as a part of the city’s cultural identity but the local economy as well.
7. Venice, California
From its world famous boardwalk and beautiful beach to the shopper’s paradise of Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice offers a unique and vibrant mix of activities and attractions.
Have you visited any of these European-esque cities in the U.S.? Let us know in the comment section!
7 Fascinating Facts About Bermuda That Don’t Involve The Triangle
Bermuda has a truly unique New Year’s Eve celebration.
People usually associate Bermuda with the notorious Devil's Triangle that has been the location of hundreds of mysterious disappearances. The Bermuda Triangle certainly seems like the most fascinating thing about the islands. However, there are several interesting facts about Bermuda that have nothing to do with it at all.
Bermuda is commonly thought to be the most mysterious islands in the Caribbean. However, the archipelago is actually closer to Nova Scotia (just 768 miles away) than Cuba (1,093 miles). The British Overseas Territory is easier to access from North Carolina's Cape Hatteras, which is just 665 miles away. It isn't part of the Caribbean at all.
Here are seven fascinating facts about Bermuda that have nothing to do with the Triangle....
America’s 22 Best (Yet Secret) Swimming Holes
Tired of going to crowded beaches and swimming spots?
It’s time to explore more and discover America’s amazing but still secret cool spots. It can be found in various state parks and forests across the country.
These hidden spots offer nature’s best - quiet and solitude, refreshing water, and amazing sights. Here are 22 swimming holes that will encourage you to take a trip.
#1. Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas
10 Stunning Table Top Mountains To Complete Your Bucket List
Dare to climb any of these peaks?
Mesa, Tuyya, or Amba. We can call it whatever we like, but these tabletop mountains are a sight to behold all on their own. They are unique wonders of nature. They are rare phenomena that display the beauty of the mountains.
Mountain climber or not, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the picturesque elegance of these flat-topped mountains. Let’s have a virtual tour of the 10 most stunning tabletop mountains in the world.
1. Mount Roraima - Venezuela / Brazil / Guyana