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Vacation Destinations in the U.S. That Feel Like Another Country

Explore the Most European Cities in America

Do you have the travel bug but aren’t ready for a hop across the pond? Maybe you’re craving an adventure closer to home, but with all of the excitement and intrigue of one of those far-flung international destinations straight out of a storybook. The good news is that there is no shortage of places in the United States to get your fix of European-inspired charm. The bad news? You may have a hard time choosing just one to visit! To help you decide, explore our list of the best vacation cities in the U.S. that feel like you’re in another country. 

Leavenworth, WA

Nestled in the picturesque Cascade Mountains of Washington, Leavenworth will transport you straight to Germany’s Bavarian region. With half-timber buildings, beer halls lining the main street and alpine views as the quaint mountain town’s backdrop, Leavenworth is the perfect spot to practice your German language speaking skills and try on your lederhosen without ever leaving the Pacific Northwest. 

Things to Do in Leavenworth

Due to its location, Leavenworth draws outdoor enthusiasts year round. You’ll find ski slopes, mountain biking and hiking trails, rafting and more within a short distance. In between enjoying nature, sample German beer and indulge in a Bavarian pretzel or schnitzel at one of the restaurants along Front Street. Be sure to visit the Nutcracker Museum where centuries-old nutcrackers are housed or try to time your visit during one of the town’s annual festivals, like Oktoberfest. 

Where to Stay in Leavenworth

The Abdenblume Inn is the best place to stay to feel like you're in Europe.

Abendblume Inn

Boasting seven well-appointed guest rooms, Abendblume Inn exudes European character. Within walking distance of the best of Leavenworth, the inn features balconies draped with flowering window boxes, glowing fireplaces, spa-like tubs and a traditional Austrian dining room where breakfast is served each morning. 

Abendblume Inn

New Orleans, LA

In the vibrant and soulful deep South, New Orleans is a melting pot of French, African and Spanish influences. Known as the Crescent City, New Orleans' French colonial architecture, thriving jazz clubs and renowned culinary scene make for an experience that transcends political borders. 

Things to Do in New Orleans

New Orleans is a city that thrives on its unique blend of cultures, offering a sensory feast for visitors. Discover the lively atmosphere of the French Quarter, where jazz melodies and the scent of Creole cuisine ride the breeze. Don’t miss the chance to stroll down Frenchmen Street, discover the iconic architecture of Jackson Square or sample Café du Monde’s mouthwatering beignets

Where to Stay in New Orleans

The Canal Street Inn is located in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood.

Canal Street Inn

Nestled in the heart of New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood, Canal Street Inn captures the city’s essence. This Victorian-era inn offers an enchanting retreat with its eleven luxurious rooms, historic architecture and gracious Southern ambiance. Wake up to a Creole breakfast, immerse yourself in the spirit of the city, then return to the tranquility of Canal Street Inn for a restful night's sleep.

Canal Street Inn

Napa, CA

Reminiscent of Italy’s rolling Tuscan wine country, Napa is a favorite vacation destination for Hollywood’s elite and oenophiles alike. From multi-generational vineyards and wineries to the city’s downtown waterfront promenade and thriving arts scene, Napa offers a taste of the European countryside right in the heart of California.  

Things to Do in Napa

Explore the region’s expansive vineyards, indulge in wine tastings at renowned wineries, like Louis M. Martini, and savor the culinary delights of Napa Valley's renowned restaurants. Take a hot air balloon ride for a bird's-eye view of the stunning landscapes or embark on a scenic journey through the valley on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Napa provides a serene and romantic escape for those seeking a taste of European-inspired tranquility.

Where to Stay in Napa

Churchill Manor in Napa is the perfect place in California to experience the destination's European flair.

Churchill Manor

Just a block away from historic downtown Napa, Churchill Manor offers ten beautifully maintained guest rooms set within an elegant European-inspired manor. With its historic charm, manicured gardens and spacious rooms, this bed and breakfast provides an intimate escape for wine enthusiasts and relaxation seekers alike.

Churchill Manor

St. Augustine, FL

Cobblestone streets, centuries-old architecture and a palpable sense of history await visitors to St. Augustine, Florida. As the oldest city in the nation, situated along the balmy northeastern coast of the state of Florida, the city boasts the captivating ambiance of a historic coastal European town, the likes of which you might find in old Spain.

Things to Do in St. Augustine

Discover the rich history of St. Augustine at the Castillo de San Marcos, stroll along the picturesque bayfront and visit the historic district with its Spanish colonial architecture. Bask in the artistic atmosphere of Aviles Street and take a leisurely walk through the lush gardens of the Lightner Museum. Be sure to embrace the city’s romantic ambiance with a scenic sunset cruise along Matanzas Bay.

Where to Stay in St. Augustine

Marker 8 Hotel and Marina in St. Augustine, Florida

Marker 8 Hotel and Marina

Situated along the Matanzas River, Marker 8 Hotel and Marina offers twenty-six rooms, each with its own private waterfront balcony, a gourmet breakfast daily and a spa-like pool. Within view of the historic Bridge of Lions, Marker 8 Hotel and Marina combines elegant design, comfortable accommodations and breathtaking views for an idyllic getaway in St. Augustine. 

Marker 8

The St. Francis Inn offers guests a taste of European-inspired charm in St. Augustine, Florida.

St. Francis Inn Bed & Breakfast

Built in 1791, St. Francis Inn’s nineteen unique rooms feature luxurious amenities, like a fireplace, a balcony and a spa-like tub. With blooming gardens, gourmet food and a heated pool, St. Francis Inn provides guests with a generous oasis to retreat to without compromising on location. 

St. Francis Inn

Escape to a city that feels like Europe when you stay at Casa De Suenos in St. Augustine.

Casa De Suenos

Nestled in the heart of the historic district, the seven-room Casa de Suenos offers a warm bed and breakfast experience within walking distance of the city’s best attractions. With its Spanish-inspired architecture, lush courtyard and cozy rooms, it provides a romantic and tranquil haven for guests exploring the captivating streets of St. Augustine.

Casa De Suenos

Best Places to Stay in Leavenworth

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Leavenworth, WA

Best Places to Stay in Napa

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Churchill Manor

Napa, CA

Best Places to Stay in New Orleans

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Canal Street Inn

New Orleans, LA

Best Places to Stay in St. Augustine

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Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast

St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine, FL

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Marker 8 Hotel and Marina

St. Augustine, FL

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