Discovering European-Inspired Cities in the United States
April 2, 2012 | Permalink
It can be quite exciting to plan a European vacation, especially when you splurge and can afford to visit various cities as part of a single trip. These types of trips can be exhausting to plan, but well worth it. What many people do not know is that there is an abundance of cities in the United States that have beautiful European inspirations. These cities pride themselves on their rich and colorful European roots. Regardless of what part of the country you plan on visiting during your vacation, there is likely going to be a picturesque European city for you to spend a weekend in.
As you plan on your vacation, consider looking into a European influence to incorporate into it. Find a comfortable hotel that is going to be in the heart of the city that you are discovering. Here are some ways to start:
1. Take a European-style hot air balloon ride.
Utah has breath-taking views all on its own, but imagine how much better they would be if you view it all from the European-style hot air balloon ride throughout the state. These air balloons aren’t seasonal; you can view the entire state year-round, and you can have your entire family enjoy a tour that will highlight some of the most beautiful parts of the state. See some of the most popular sites, such as Park City or Bryce Canyon in a while new light.
2. Visit themed small towns, like Ferndale, California.
Some towns thrive on their themed historical aspects, and Ferndale has developed a reputation for being California’s Victorian Village. Not only is this town considered to be one of America’s prettiest towns, but it is also only five minutes away from California’s Lost Coast. It seems that this town, with its Victorian residential and commercial buildings, is a time warp to a place that has been forgotten. The entire town has been classified as a California Historic Landmark, which is a feat in itself.
3. Sip delectable coffee and tea from a café.
No matter what part of Europe you go to, one thing is always the same: people love to gather in cafés at all hours of the day. The local café is the perfect way to get a feel of how the city’s residents interact with each other, and if you can find a European-style café, you can get a peek at the inner workings of the city. There are few cities that rock the café culture like Portland, Oregon, so if you want a true experience of the coffee shop lifestyle, discover this beautiful city’s brewing bests.
4. Seek out hidden European-style pockets in big cities.
Some of the oldest cities in the country, like Boston, are known for having various European elements because they have held onto their Colonial roots. Boston’s old-world architecture can be seen throughout the heart of the city. There are colonial, federal and European cities that are breathtaking in photos, but awe-inspiring in real life. Visit the Old Boston City Hall, the Brattle Square Congregational or the Flour and Grain Exchange to see some of the original Victorian architecture. Paul Revere’s House is also an example of the Colonial design that makes this city so beautiful.
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