Europe is an incredible place to travel to. There are so many countries that are so close to each other that it offers the opportunity to sample a variety of cultures within a short distance and over a limited amount of time. The cultures are pretty impressive too. Whether it is the laid back Italian approach to life and incredible cuisine or the simple farming culture of the Dutch, there is beauty in every country in both the landscape and the people. During coronavirus, though it is difficult to get to Europe and tougher still to travel between countries. While the rules on travel in Europe are relaxing it is probably not a good idea to plan any holidays there if you are somewhere far away like America. We have a solution. If you are in America, we are going to bring Europe to you.
It is well known that America was originally colonized by many European nations. After this many other countries sought to find freedom there and moved in vast numbers. This means that there are large towns and cities today that have a high percentage of settlers from one European country. When they settled they basically turned some places into exact replicas of their home country. This means that can visit many of the most delightful places in Europe without even leaving America. While you won’t get to climb the Swiss Alps or visit the Eiffel Tower you will experience the differences in culture and the unique approach to architecture and life that embodies each country.
How to visit Norway without leaving America
Norway is an incredibly beautiful country formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. The many fjords and lakes make the scenery simply breathtaking. If you want to sample a little bit of Norway, simply head to Poulsbo, Washington. The small town of around 10,000 people sill has strong ties to Norway. In fact, prior to WW2 the main language spoken there was Norwegian. The town has many events throughout the year that celebrate Scandanavian culture and if you stay there long enough the surrounding peninsula and Scandinavian architecture will make you forget that you are really still in America.
How to visit Holland without leaving America
This one really is simple. Go to Holland, Michigan. Holland is a small city of around 30,000 people and has been designed with the old country in mind. Stepping into the city will feel like you are not far from the Dutch countryside. There are Dutch bakeries, a Dutch village, and even an authentic Dutch windmill in place in the town. Holland, Michigan is both a home away from home for Dutch people but also an incredible history lesson as many things are set up to help you learn about early Dutch settlers.
How to visit Germany without leaving America
Unlike both the Norway and Holland settlements, this German suggestion is not based on original settlers. Leavenworth, Washington was not originally inhabited by Germans. Instead this was a decision made by the townspeople in the 1960s as a way of attracting tourists. The architecture and cuisine have been altered to reflect a more German approach and the town boasts an incredibly successful Oktoberfest every year. While this may not have the same authenticity as the other recommendations, once you are there you really won’t mind as to the visitor it feels just like being in a town high in the Alps.
These are just three of our favorite European inspired towns in America. If you want to sample Poland try New Britain, Connecticut. If you would like to see Greece, we recommend Tarpon Springs, Florida. Sweden is best found in Lindsborg, Kansas while Spain is best embodied by St. Augustine in Florida. There really is a town for every country in Europe somewhere in the US. Of course, once travel restrictions relax, we would still recommend going to the real thing.