This Michigan city feels like Europe

Michigan has some beautiful areas, and as it turns out, some of those areas feel a lot like Europe. I’ve actually never been to Europe, but the folks who have are letting the world know which Michigan – and American – areas feel like they’re straight out of Europe. If you’re like me and have never been to countries such as France, Germany and Italy, then perhaps visiting these American cities will be the next closest thing.

The publication has released a special list of American towns that feel the most like Europe. They mention that traveling to these areas, of course, is less pricey than getting on a plant and jetting overseas. “Before 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,” the publication states. “You’re going to want to go to all of them, so start saving now!”

So, what are some characteristics of a European town? For starters, they often have cobblestone streets, lots of history and an Old World feel. European towns can be very romantic, too, so this list of American towns that mirror European ones could be a good list for a romantic getaway. So, which Michigan city actually made No. 1 on this list? Read on to find out- not to mention that another Michigan town also made the cut for the top 20. View the list of “American Towns That Look Straight Out of Europe,” via, below, and for the full list, go here. Now I really want to start traveling around America and checking out these special towns.

  • 20. New Britain, Connecticut

    There’s a lot of Polish influence in this small, beautiful town.

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  • 19. SoHo, New York City, New York

    Of all the areas of the vast city of New York, SoHo is the most European, offering a very European flavor and design.


    This trendy neighborhood is one of Manhattan's fashion capitals.

  • 18. Poulsbo, Washington

    Poulsbo was founded by a Norwegian immigrant and is often called “Little Norway on the Fjord.”

    City of Poulsbo, Washington Official Website

    Poulsbo's leaders are progressive and forward looking, and are conscientiously working to balance the needs of a growing 21st century city while maintaining the Scandinavian heritage that has earned Poulsbo the nickname "Little Norway". To enhance Poulsbo's connections with Norway in late 1990, Poulsbo adopted proclamations naming Namsos, Norwayopens PDF file and Kautokeino, Finmark County, Norwayopens PDF file as our official sister cities.

  • 17. Fredericksburg, Texas

    This area of Texas has a German flavor, making it a very unique stop.

    Welcome To Fredericksburg, TX | Texas Hill Country

    Our founders knew this was someplace special when they settled here in 1846. Behind the elegant shops and fine dining, you can feel the authentic German soul and see reminders of our heritage in the historic buildings along Main Street, the German cuisine at local restaurants, and the welcoming spirit of our people in the city of Fredricksburg.

  • 16. Holland, Michigan

    Of course Holland is on this list! The area was founded by Dutch immigrants and is very Dutch. But, another Michigan city is No. 1 on the list, so keep reading.


    Holland is best known for its Dutch heritage, evident in many of its attractions and events. Visitors can walk back through time in the Dutch Galleries of the Holland Museum, the renovated splendor of the Cappon House and a recreation of 1890s Netherlands at Nelis' Dutch Village.

  • 15. Charleston, South Carolina

    This city has lots of European architecture, such as cobblestone streets and beautiful churches.

    Charleston SC | The Official guide

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  • 14. Hermann, Missouri

    This small area was founded by German immigrants.

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    Tucked away in the Missouri River Valley, Hermann is a picturebook village where red brick buildings and rolling vineyards welcome you to Missouri Wine Country. Hermann is wine country...and so much more! Need help navigating through all your options? Request your official Willkommen Visitor Guide to help plan your perfect getaway to Hermann.

  • 13. Kansas City, Missouri

    If you’re looking for a Spanish getaway in America, this spot is a great pick, as it looks a lot like a Spanish city.

  • 12. Helen, Georgia

    This is a beautiful Alpine-like village.

    Helen, Georgia - Georgia's Official Outdoor Destination

    Helen offers a little bit of everything to appeal to the outdoor adventurer in you, whether its tubing, eating, or shopping!

  • 11. Montpelier, Vermont

    This spot was named after Montpelier, France, so it’s obviously very French.

    Montpelier, VT | Official Website

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  • 10. Tarpon Springs, Florida

    This area has a big Greek-American population and is very Greek.

    Tarpon Springs Florida - Things to Do & Attractions in Tarpon Springs FL

    Just 45 minutes north of St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs was named for the fish found in abundance in nearby waters. It's also known as the "sponge capital of the world."

  • 9. Venice, California

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  • 8. New Orleans, Louisiana

    This city brings together the best of France and Spain. Very European.

    Visit New Orleans | Official New Orleans Tourism Website

    New Orleans is the best city to visit for fun, parties, events and culture. See a Saints game at the Superdome, a Mardi Gras parade in the French Quarter or a Jazz Fest concert!

  • 7. Pella, Iowa

    This place as a true Netherlands feel. Very Dutch!

    Homepage - Visit Pella

    Visit Pella, Iowa, America's Dutch Treasure! From our Dutch heritage museums, stunning flower gardens, great shopping and abundant recreation at Lake Red Rock, you are sure to enjoy your visit. Visit Pella, Iowa, America's Dutch Treasure!

  • 6. Vail, Colorado

    Known for its skiing, Vail was modeled after Zermatt, Switzerland. It makes sense!

    Colorado Skiing & Snowboarding | Vail Ski Resort

    Vail: Colorado Ski Resort | Like nothing on earth.

  • 5. St. Augustine, Florida

    This beautiful spot is known for its Spanish colonial architecture.

    St. Augustine, FL | Official Website

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  • 4. Solvang, California

    This spot is known as the “Danish capital of America.”

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  • 3. Healdsburg, California

    There’s lots of Italian tradition in this town.


    Welcome to Healdsburg. Whether you're visiting to sample from an abundance of world class wineries, to feast from the very best in farm-to-table dining, or to just explore the picture-perfect countryside of lush valleys and redwood forests that cradle Lake Sonoma and the Russian River, you will delight in everything...but leaving.

  • 2. Leavenworth, Washington

    This town is very German and has the character of a small Bavarian village.


    The charm of Bavaria in the Cascades Our picturesque Alpine style village offers a taste of Bavaria with delightful specialty shops, eclectic dining, spas and welcoming accommodations. With four distinct seasons of fun, you'll want to stay a week! Welcome to our slice of Northwest hospitality and Bavarian charm!

  • 1. Frankenmuth, Michigan

    Of course Frankenmuth would be No. 1 on this list! It is, after all, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.”


    In Frankenmuth we say "Willkommen", in German it means welcome. An offer to come and join. There's a place that's all about being welcome. Welcome to family time. Welcome to playtime. Welcome to Christmas time all year long. Welcome to Frankenmuth. Michigan's little Bavaria, where you find all the things that make time together so meaningful.

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