Not everyone can afford a vacation in Europe, which is why we cannot wait to share our top places in America that feel like they are a world away. Break out your lederhosen and strap on your Oktoberfest goggles and let the adventure begin.
Washington or Germany?
Just a few hours from Seattle nestled in the mountains, you will find yourself lost in echoes of a lively Bavarian arts and culture community. Leavenworth is picturesque year round with the mountains never failing to offer a stunning backdrop. The German inspired architecture give it that European flare. That was no happy accident of course.
When Leavenworth became a ghost town in the 1960’s, those left behind knew that there was no other place like it in America, but there was some place much further away. They purposely mimicked German Bavaria to help make them one of today’s most popular travel destinations.
California Danish Style
When you hear California, most will think Hollywood, or wine country. While both are big tourist attractions, Solvang, California is also known for its Danish style village. Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley folks find themselves mesmerized by the graceful movement of the windmill that sits in the city centre. As you explore Solvang you will find many museums and local businesses that reflect aspects of the Danish culture. The sweet smell of pastries follow you everywhere.
Sweden Via Kansas
I bet you did not know that Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers were actually Ruby Red Clogs! Just kidding, but one can imagine that they could have been when visiting Lindsborg, Kansas, also known as little Sweden. It was settled by the Swedish back in the 1800’s and their culture has stood fast every since. Honoring their Swedish culture with a biennial fall celebration like Sweden called svensk hyllningsfest. No doubt you will find exceptional frikadeller on every corner too.
New Glarus Wisconsin could have easily been plucked from a storybook with its rolling hills and farmland. It would be the perfect place for Little Boy Blue to come blow his horn. Quaint and quiet with an Alpine feel, and like Switzerland they even have a Heidi folk festival. And what could be more picture perfect than visiting the New Glarus Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum: a replica of a Swiss Bernese mountain chalet. Such authentic beauty awaits.
Bavarian Europe in Michigan
Even though Michigan is known as the “Wolverine State” there no longer resides any such creature. But one thing that is very real waits for you in Frankenmuth; a true Bavarian vibe. Not only is Frankenmuth the ideal setting for Oktoberfest, it also has the Lager Mill featuring over 400 brews. The list of things to do goes on for miles featuring boat cruises, horse-drawn carriage rides, and indoor waterparks making this both the perfect place for a romantic getaway and a family vacation.