10 U.S. Cities That Will Make You Think You’re in Europe
, 2022-09-11 11:08:56,
Centuries-old architecture, countless unique countries, cuisines that are rooted in generations—there’s nothing quite like Europe. But for a lot of people, the cost and time commitments of traveling to another continent are prohibitive. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to experience European culture right here in the U.S, from a city settled by Dutch immigrants in the mid-1800s to a contemporary Floridian development that’s reminiscent of Santorini. We consulted travel experts to discover the 10 best of these locales. Read on to learn how you can ski like you’re in the Swiss Alps or drink beer like you’re in Bavaria—all without getting your passport stamped.
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The Swiss Alps is a bucket-list destination for many a skier, but if traveling to Switzerland isn’t in the cards, a trip to New Hampshire might do the trick. At the base of the 6,288-foot Mount Washington (the highest peak in the Northeast) is the Omni Mount Washington Resort.
“[It’s] surrounded by nearly 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest and is home to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, boasting 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 63 trails and 35 glades and offering countless all-season activities including mountain biking, horseback and sleigh riding, indoor and outdoor climbing, fly fishing, disc golf, scenic Gondola rides, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, terrain parks, and more,” according to a hotel spokesperson.
The resort dates back to 1902 and is made completely of wood. It underwent a $1.2 million renovation in 2007, but its historic ski chalet aesthetic was thoughtfully preserved.
Nothing says the Netherlands more than tulips and windmills, and you’ll find both in abundance in the aptly named town of Holland, Michigan. Located halfway between Chicago and Detroit, Holland was settled by Dutch immigrants in the mid-19th century.
“With food like Dutch apple pie and loads of cheese, Dutch-style buildings, and celebrations like the Dutch Winterfest and the Tulip Time Festival, the city, which is practically next to Lake Michigan, has made it a priority to preserve Dutch culture,” says Jenny Ly, founder of travel blog Go Wanderly.
The Veldheer Tulip Gardens have been around since 1950 and, in the spring, showcase about five million colorful tulips….
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