Want to take a European vacation but can’t find the time? We feel you. Between the cost of international flights, lodging, getting a passport in order, taking the time off work, then dealing with jet lag… sometimes extended travel doesn’t quite seem worth it.
But don’t let that kill your dreams of sampling European style. There are some pretty incredible European-style towns right here in the U.S. Sure, they’re not exactly the same, but they will give you a taste of far-off places without the far-off price tag or travel time.
We’ve rounded up some of the best examples of Europe in the U.S. Feast on delicious Danish food, sample German-style beers and peruse Swiss architecture. Whether you’re looking for a French countryside experience or skiing in the Alps, consider whether one of these towns would scratch your travel itch without the need for a passport.