5 Places To Visit In The U.S. If You Miss Europe


A European vacation can open your eyes to the bigger world and strain your bank account. International travel is exciting and requires a significant amount of administrative coordination. You may want to revisit your memories of backpacking through Europe on a gap year or that one amazing family trip. Staying in America can provide you with an easier travel experience. Look for European-inspired locations in the United States and leave your passport at home. 

1. Venice, California 

The name is quite telling. Founded in 1905, people designed Venice, California to look like its Italian namesake. Man-made canals weave through quaint and sunny neighborhoods. Arching footbridges provide vantage points around this relaxed destination. Explore the wider Los Angeles area for culinary delights and lounge on Pacific beaches. Stay in a Venice hotel or use Santa Monica as your shopping-friendly base. Da Buena Planta is a great vegetarian eatery for Mexican flavors and Night + Market offers popular Thai food in Venice. Head to Ospi for thematic Italian flair in pasta options and pizza.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

French colonists founded the southern city in 1718. Today the French Quarter of New Orleans offers a culturally unique and architecturally colorful experience. The section covers 100 blocks and includes detailed ironwork balconies where revelers celebrate during the annual Mardi Gras parade. Bourbon Street is full of vibrant bars and trademark live jazz performances. Stay at the New Orleans Marriott for maximum comfort and convenience. Creole culinary stops and seafood are essential. Stop by Irene’s for an established New Orleans experience or make reservations at Antoine’s for a table at one of the oldest restaurants in the United States. 

3. Charleston, South Carolina

Travel over to the Southeast United States and visit this city founded in 1670. Charleston was one of the largest cities during the early days of settlements in the United States. Today the South Carolina city is a top vacation destination. A historic downtown area includes Spanish moss and character buildings. Stay in the charming center or use one of the nearby beach areas as a launching point. Isle of Palms and Folly Beach give visitors Atlantic beach access while staying close to the action. Maison brings French flair to hungry visitors searching for bright refinement and Bertha’s Kitchen fulfills your soul food needs. 

4. Asheville, North Carolina

The next destination includes a real-life American castle in the majestic shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville, North Carolina is on the rise for discerning vacationers who make sure to check out the Biltmore Estate. The Vanderbilt family home was constructed during the opulent Gilded Age and descendants welcome visitors for tours. Asheville’s Museum of Art and the North Carolina arboretum provide hours of enjoyment. Sleep in a central hotel or bunk in a rental cabin in nearby mountains. Rhubarb is a restaurant with James Beard Award-recognized Southern food or Buxton Hall puts their spin on Carolina barbecue.

5. Washington, DC 

The District of Columbia echoes the broad avenues of Europe. Washington, DC activities can include visits to the National Gallery of Art and Library of Congress. The National Botanical Gardens are a great stop after a free tour of the Capitol building. Stroll down the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial and gaze over the Potomac River toward President Kennedy’s eternal flame. Georgetown offers high-end shopping, dining, and accommodations by the DC townhouse that once belonged to Julia Child. 

The flavors and designs of historic Europe can be found in cities throughout the United States. Pack your bags and make an easy hop back in time.

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