Elle Decor35 American Towns That Look Straight Out of Europe26 April 2022 at 4:55 pm1/3635 American Towns That Look Straight Out of EuropeBefore you shell out hundreds (or, most likely, thousands) of dollars traveling across the ocean, you may want to look closer to home: There are plenty of cities in the United States that look just like those quaint, historic destinations in Europe. You're going to want to go to all of them, so start saving now! (Harald Sund - Getty Images)2/36Frankenmuth, MichiganBack in 1845, this village was founded as a Bavarian mission colony for Lutherans, and today it's known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria." The town is famous for Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which claims it's the largest Christmas store in the world. (ehrlif - Getty Images)3/36Leavenworth, WashingtonJust two hours from Seattle is Leavenworth, which looks like it was plucked out of Germany and dropped in the mountains of Washington. It's modeled after a small Bavarian village and is the dreamiest escape, especially during the holidays. (Connie Coleman - Getty Images)4/36Healdsburg, CaliforniaIf you've ever wanted to visit Tuscany, Healdsburg is your next best bet. It falls along the same line of latitude as the Italian region, so it has a similar climate and grows a ton of Tuscan wine varieties. The town's Italian cuisine is also not to be missed. (Ed Reschke - Getty Images)5/36Solvang, CaliforniaKnown as the Danish capital of America, this charming town is filled with quaint shops and even an iconic white and red windmill. The name means "sunny fields" in Danish, which is appropriate for the warm, California weather. (George Rose - Getty Images)6/36St. Augustine, FloridaSince this city was founded back in 1565 by Spanish settlers, it's no surprise it's filled with Spanish colonial architecture, like cobblestone streets and balconies. It's also known as the oldest city in the United States. (SeanPavonePhoto - Getty Images)7/36Vail, ColoradoYou're probably most familiar with this town for its amazing ski resorts, but did you know it was inspired by the town of Zermatt, Switzerland, which is located the base of the Swiss Alps? That's why you'll find architecture like decorative balconies and detailed woodwork everywhere you look. (Adventure_Photo - Getty Images)8/36Pella, IowaThe Dutch-style architecture and huge windmill located in the center of this quiet town are some of the reasons this Midwest city will make you feel like you're in the Netherlands. Insider tip: Visit during May to experience the famous Tulip Time Festival. (Christa Boaz - Getty Images)9/36New Orleans, LouisianaSince this city was founded by French colonists and then ceded to Spain in the Treaty of Paris, it feels like a unique mix of both countries. The wrought iron balconies and the famous Jackson Square are both French influences. (f11photo - Getty Images)10/36Venice, CaliforniaIt's impossible to ignore the comparisons between this California town and the famous one in Italy. Both are full of canals and bridges (like these cities!), except the waterways in the United States-based destination were man-made. Still, it's a sight to behold. (Alexander Spatari - Getty Images)11/36Tarpon Springs, FloridaForget Santorini: This Gulf Coast town feels like it's a charming Eastern Mediterranean island. Tons of Greek immigrants flocked here at the turn of the 20th century and the town still prides itself on having the largest Greek-American community in the country. (DeborahMaxemow - Getty Images)12/36Montpelier, VermontNamed after Montpelier, France, this gorgeous town was founded in 1781 and is rich in history. Its French-style buildings and dazzling fall foliage make it a must-see. (SeanPavonePhoto - Getty Images)13/36Helen, GeorgiaIt's hard to believe this town is only 90 minutes from Atlanta. Located right next to the Blue Ridge Mountains, this city was transformed into an Alpine-inspired village in the 1960s to attract more visitors. (ampueroleonardo - Getty Images)14/36Kansas City, MissouriSince the Country Club Plaza in this downtown area was architecturally designed to mimic the city of Seville, you'll feel like you just walked off of a plane and into Spain. The towers and courtyards might distract from the fact that you're more likely to find BBQ than tapas. (Derek Slagle - Getty Images)15/36Hermann, MissouriThis small town was handpicked by German immigrants for its close proximity to the Missouri River, which reminded them of their beloved Rhine River. The climate also made the location ideal for winemaking and today there tons of local wineries in the area. (John Elk - Getty Images)16/36Charleston, South CarolinaEven though this town is the definition of Southern, it's also filled with countless similarities to European cities, like grand churches, cobblestone streets, and short, colorful buildings. Not to mention it was named after King Charles II of England. (Peter Unger - Getty Images)17/36Holland, MichiganThe name of this town says it all: It's a little slice of the Netherlands and was founded by Dutch settlers back in 1847. It's also home to the DeZwaan Windmill, which is the only authentic working Dutch windmill in the United States. (csterken - Getty Images)18/36Fredericksburg, TexasGerman immigrant settlers founded this town in 1846, which is why it's known for its mix of German heritage with Texan hospitality (an unbeatable combination). Throughout the town you'll find tons of specialty shops and biergartens. (dlewis33 - Getty Images)19/36Poulsbo, WashingtonPoulsbo was founded in the 1880s by a Norwegian immigrant, Jørgen Eliason. Ever since, it's been known as "Little Norway on the Fjord." Everything from the architecture to the beer halls to the annual Viking Festival is inspired by Scandinavian culture. (bpperry - Getty Images)20/36SoHo, New York City, New YorkWhile every neighborhood of Manhattan looks different, SoHo specifically has a European vibe. Its columned buildings and cobblestone streets will make you feel like you're in Belgium. In fact, the type of stone used is called Belgian block. (Alexander Spatari - Getty Images)21/36New Britain, ConnecticutThis quaint little town has a big Polish influence. In fact, even the green points on top of this church resemble St. Andrew's Church in Kraków. Every year, New Britain hosts the Little Poland Festival celebrating the country's best food, music, and dance. (DenisTangneyJr - Getty Images)22/36Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe City of Brotherly Love's City Hall—built in the 1800s—is a French-style masterpiece. Its Victorian elements drew inspiration from both the Palais des Tuileries and the Louvre in Paris. (f11photo - Getty Images)23/36Natchitoches, LouisianaAs the oldest permanent European settlement of the Louisiana Purchase territory, Natchitoches is a special town. French culture has remained there ever since its founding in 1714, especially in the Historic Landmark District. (mkkerr - Getty Images)24/36Huntington, New YorkThere's a mini version of the Palace of Versailles right on Long Island. The French-style chateau, named Oheka Castle, is the second-largest home ever built in America. Fun fact: The enormous estate is where Kevin Jonas got married and where Taylor Swift filmed part of her "Blank Space" music video. (Marlon Trottmann - Getty Images)25/36Boston, MassachusettsThere's history on every corner of Boston—especially Acorn Street. It's one of the most photographed places in the city, as it gives visitors a taste of old England. The brick buildings, cobblestones, and lanterns all are reminiscent of the most charming parts of Britain. (Sean Pavone - Getty Images)26/36Santa Barbara, CaliforniaBetween the mountains and the beaches and the endless string of seaside homes, it's no wonder Santa Barbara is called "The American Riviera." The bright, cheerful town gives off major southern France vibes. Those red rooftops, meanwhile, serve Spanish Mediterranean flair. (bpperry - Getty Images)27/36Lindsborg, KansasLindsborg, founded in 1869, is also known as "Little Sweden USA." The town is filled with art galleries and restaurants that celebrate Swedish culture, as well as Dala horses—an ancient folk art tradition. Swedish pioneers brought them to Lindsborg to remind them of their home country. (Jigar Patel - Getty Images)28/36Newport, Rhode IslandNewport brings the romantic feel of the French Riviera to the United States. The elements of Nice, France can be seen in everything from the town's Gilded Age mansions to its seaside Cliff Walk. (Pyroe - Getty Images)29/36San Francisco, CaliforniaBoth the Golden Gate's shape and bright red color is extremely similar to the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge in Lisbon, Portugal. The two areas even share a love of cable cars, pastel buildings, and waterside shops. (Nirian - Getty Images)30/36Hocking Hills, OhioHocking Hills State Park is like Scotland's famous landscape, complete with its lush greenery and waterfalls as far as the eye can see. It's a beautiful spot to visit for a hiking adventure. (saffiresblue - Getty Images)31/36Old Town Alexandria, VirginiaThis adorable town was once a major port for colonial Britain, so it makes sense why the streets still have an English feel. The brick homes, tree-lined sidewalks, and small shops all add to the charm. (Grace Cary - Getty Images)32/36Washington, D.C.Once you know that a French architect named Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed the city in the 1700s, it's hard to miss its Parisian influence. From its European-style, dome-shaped Jefferson Memorial to its many calming gardens, the nation's capital could be the perfect place to feel far away. (Sean Pavone - Getty Images)33/36New Ulm, MinnesotaIf this New Ulm clocktower gives any indication, nearly everything in the town is inspired by Germany. The Gothic architecture, the famous Hermann Monument, the beer—it's all Germany, all the time. (jferrer - Getty Images)34/36Portland, OregonIt's been said that Portland has a Berlin-like feel, with its Gothic-style St. Johns Bridge and waterside buildings. Even the bike-friendly streets and love of beer all give off the German allure. (DaveAlan - Getty Images)35/36Oahu, HawaiiThe rolling turquoise waves and mountainous terrain of Oahu looks nearly identical to the Azores region of Portugal. If you're lucky enough to visit this island, be ready for tons of fishing, tall cliffs to climb, and plenty of relaxation. (tankbmb - Getty Images)36/36Las Vegas, NevadaWhile Las Vegas is no small town, it's the place to go to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain without leaving the U.S. The iconic Strip is filled with other international landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower. (George Rose - Getty Images)All of these cities in the United States feel like they're more European than American.