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12 places to go in North America that look like they could be in Europe

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

Holland, Michigan, and Vail, Colorado, were modeled after specific places in Europe.Quebec City, Canada, and New Orleans, Louisiana, were influenced by European settlers.Spanish architecture abounds in Mexico and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.If a trip to Europe isn't in the cards, there are multiple destinations within North America that look like they were transplanted from overseas. Whether purposefully modeled to look like European cities or because their architecture was influenced by European settlers, a visit to these cities might make you feel like you're on vacation in Europe.Here are 12 places in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico that resemble European cities. Solvang, California, was founded by Danish-American settlers.You don't have to travel to Europe for a taste of Scandinavia. Situated in California's Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang (Danish for "sunny fields") was founded by Danish-American settlers from the Midwest in the early 1900s. The town boasts Danish flair in the form of architecture (including replicas of Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue and Round Tower), bakeries and restaurants, and cultural museums. Quebec City, Canada, has scenic cobblestone streets.Founded in the 17th century by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is the capital of the eponymous Canadian province.Old Quebec, the city's UNESCO-designated historic district, is notable for its scenic cobblestone streets and alleys and for being the sole fully-preserved gated city in North America. The fact that the locals speak French also adds to the European ambiance.Finally, Quebec's National Assembly in Upper Town is home to theParliament Building, an imposing structure, that, according to Britannica, wasinfluenced by theLouvre Museumin Paris.In Holland, Michigan, there's a tulip farm and a Dutch theme park.If you have tulip fever, the aptly named city of Holland, Michigan, is known for its rich Dutch heritage. Thanks to attractions like the Veldheer Tulip Farm and the DeZwaan Windmill, the only working, authentic Dutch windmill in the US, you can pretend you're abroad from the comfort of the Great Lakes State. Holland is also home to Nelis' Dutch Village, a historic theme park founded by Dutch immigrants in the 1950s. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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