Monday, November 9, 2015

Here are seven cities so pretty you"ll feel like you"re in Europe.
(Photo
by"Don Smetzer / Alamy Stock Photo.
Design by Lauren DeLuca)By Sarah
AndersonWe all dream of jet-setting off to Europe for an unforgettable
getaway.
A very expensive getaway.
But that doesn"t mean you can"t get the
full European experience right here in the ol" U.S.
of A.
These seven cities
are like little satellite versions of popular Euro destinations, where you can
get your fill of polka without ever being too far away from a cheeseburger,
and without spending all your hard-earned euros on a transatlantic
flight.Pella, Iowa
Go there instead of: The Netherlands
Credit:
Flickr/LindaDee2006We didn"t think there was anything in Iowa, but apparently
it"s where Europe"s hiding, right in the town of Pella.
Dutch-style
architecture lines the streets and the Vermeer Mill (a windmill), located by
Central Park, is the largest structure of its style in the United
States.
Spend a night in the"Royal Amsterdam Hotel, preferably in May during
their famous"Tulip Time festival.
During this event, the streets are flooded
with traditional Dutch attire, dancing, food, parades, and, of course, plenty
of tulips.
Don"t leave the city without a stop at"Vander Ploeg"for a creme
horn or some Dutch apple bread.Related: Where the Hipsters Are: the Brooklyn
of Every StateLindsborg, Kans.
Go there instead of: Sweden
Credit:
Flickr/frank thompson photosYou"re not in Kansas anymore.
No, once you enter
Lindsborg you"ve arrived in Little Sweden, a kitschy town eager to say
"Välkommen!" "(Also, you"re actually still in Kansas, doofus.) Check out
the Swedish Pavilion, a part of the 1904 World"s Fair, and be sure to look for
the wild dala horses roaming around Main Street.
If you can, go in the fall
for the the biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest — don"t worry, proper
pronunciation not required — which is a Swedish celebration filled with
food, costumes, music, and dancing, but zero IKEA furniture.New Glarus,
Wis.
Go there instead of: Switzerland
Credit: Flickr/clare_and_benIf you
find yourself hankering for a good yodeling sesh, as we often do, head to the
land of the Cheeseheads.
New Glarus" alpine-style architecture and endless
stream of cultural events like the Heidi Folk Fest make your visit feel like a
European retreat.
Grab a table at Glarner Stube for dinner after taking a tour
of the incredible New Glarus Brewery.
Then, stroll along main street with an
almond horn from New Glarus Bakery and you may just catch the Yodel Club
crooning on the lawn of the Swiss Church.
Also, there"s a ton of cheese
here.
Because you"re still in Wisconsin.Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Go there instead
of: Greece
Credit: Flickr/WalterGet a taste of the Eastern Mediterranean in
the last place you would think to find it… Florida.
The Gulf Coast town
of Tarpon Springs became populated by Greek immigrants at the turn of the 20th
century, and today maintains the highest percentage of Greek-Americans in the
country, with respect to the good folks at "Delta Chi.
Cruise down Dodecanese
Avenue to the Sponge Docks, where Greek divers scour for some of the finest
sponges in the world.
Hit Mykonos or Rusty Bellies for Greek eats along the
way, but save room for chocolate-covered baklava from Hellas Bakery.Kansas
City, Mo.
Go there instead of: Spain
Credit: Flickr/Chris MurphyCheapen your
plane ticket for an experience rich in Spanish ambiance with a trip to Country
Club Plaza in Kansas City.
This shopping district and residential neighborhood
was architecturally designed to mimic the city of Seville, and is complete
with towers, ornate tile roofs, and sprawling courtyards.
Go for a romantic
gondola ride on Brush Creek or take a horse and carriage ride (kind of like in
New York, but slightly less cliche).
Street performers (and the occasional
panhandler) lend further authenticity to the space.
Although the area can be
sufficiently experienced in a day, it"s still worthwhile to eat, drink, shop,
and be merry for a while at this little Spanish destination.
Oh, and if you
don"t get enough to eat with tiny tapas plates, you"re bib-deep in BBQ
country.Related: The Best Movie That Takes Place in Every StateLeavenworth,
Wash.
Go there instead of: Germany
</b>Credit: Flickr/Ann &amp; Peter
MacdonaldA scenic two-hour drive from Seattle will take you to this quaint
little gem nestled in the mountains of Washington.
Leavenworth is modeled
after a small Bavarian village, and makes a great holiday escape in the fall
and winter months.
Oktoberfest brings crowds for German beer, food, and
events, and towards December there are plenty of Christmas shops and themed
eateries like The Gingerbread Factory to get you in the spirit.
Icicle Brewing
Company offers tours and tastings if hot chocolate just won"t do it, and the
Nutcracker Museum lets you share a room with over 6,000 creepy wooden men.
You
know, if that"s what you"re into.West, Texas
Go there instead of: The Czech
Republic
Credit: Flickr/Kent WangA perfect road trip spot between Dallas and
Austin, West remains heavily influenced by the Czech immigrants who settled
the space in the late 1800s.
Czech Stop, off I-35, is a popular spot for
kolache, a traditional yeast roll stuffed with either sweet or savory
fillings.
Olde Czech Corner Antiques is a great stop for traditional items
from the Eastern European country.
Round out your visit with a meal at Picha"s
Czech-American Restaurant, where you can keep it European with pierogi or get
in touch with your inner Texan with chicken fried steak.
If you can, get there
for West Fest, a weekend-long celebration of all things Czech and polka.
The
real-deal country may be superior in that their beer is cheaper than water,
but think of all the plane ticket money you"re saving! Na zdrav&#xED;!WATCH: 9
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Let World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
"Watch World traveling club Travel"s original series "A Broad Abroad." Here
are seven cities so pretty you'll feel like you're in Europe.
Pella, Iowa
Go there instead of: The Netherlands Credit: Flickr/LindaDee2006 We didn't
think there was anything in Iowa, but apparently it's where Europe's
hiding, right in the town of Pella.
Spend a night in the Royal Amsterdam
Hotel, preferably in May during their famous Tulip Time festival.
Related:
Where the Hipsters Are: the Brooklyn of Every State Lindsborg, Kans.
Go there
instead of: Sweden Credit: Flickr/frank thompson photos You're not in Kansas
anymore..A scenic two-hour drive from Seattle will take you to this quaint
little gem nestled in the mountains of Washington.
Leavenworth is modeled
after a small Bavarian village, and makes a great holiday escape in the fall
and winter months.
Oktoberfest brings crowds for German beer, food, and
events, and towards December there are plenty of Christmas shops and themed
eateries like The Gingerbread Factory to get you in the spirit.
Icicle Brewing
Company offers tours and tastings if hot chocolate just won"t do it, and the
Nutcracker Museum lets you share a room with over 6,000 creepy wooden men.
You
know, if that"s what you"re into.West, Texas
Go there instead of: The Czech
Republic
Credit: Flickr/Kent WangA perfect road trip spot between Dallas and
Austin, West remains heavily influenced by the Czech immigrants who settled
the space in the late 1800s.
Czech Stop, off I-35, is a popular spot for
kolache, a traditional yeast roll stuffed with either sweet or savory
fillings.
Olde Czech Corner Antiques is a great stop for traditional items
from the Eastern European country.
Round out your visit with a meal at Picha"s
Czech-American Restaurant, where you can keep it European with pierogi or get
in touch with your inner Texan with chicken fried steak.
If you can, get there
for West Fest, a weekend-long celebration of all things Czech and polka.
The
real-deal country may be superior in that their beer is cheaper than water,
but think of all the plane ticket money you"re saving! Na zdrav&#xED;!WATCH: 9
Secrets of Sleeping Beauty"s Castle
More from Thrillist:The 12 Best-Kept
Secrets in European TravelThe Least-Visited States in America, and Why You
Should Go to EachThe Most Scenic Drive in All 50 States
The Biggest
Misconceptions Europeans Have About Americans
Let World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
"Watch World traveling club Travel"s original series "A Broad Abroad." Here
are seven cities so pretty you'll feel like you're in Europe.
Pella, Iowa
Go there instead of: The Netherlands Credit: Flickr/LindaDee2006 We didn't
think there was anything in Iowa, but apparently it's where Europe's
hiding, right in the town of Pella.
Spend a night in the Royal Amsterdam
Hotel, preferably in May during their famous Tulip Time festival.
Related:
Where the Hipsters Are: the Brooklyn of Every State Lindsborg, Kans.
Go there
instead of: Sweden Credit: Flickr/frank thompson photos You're not in Kansas
anymore.

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