10Best Places That Look & Feel Like Europe

  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, has long been considered the most English North American city, and you'll see why as you stroll along the Inner Harbor. The provincial capital is filled with immaculate gardens, English pubs and more cycling paths than any other city in Canada.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism British Columbia

  • Sucre, Bolivia

    Sucre is Bolivia's lesser known capital – home to the Bolivian supreme court. Its whitewashed buildings and colonial architecture, particularly near the city center, make it the country's most picturesque city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If it weren't for the high altitude and surrounding mountains, you could almost believe you were in the Mediterranean.

    Photo courtesy of Adam Jones

  • Macau, China

    When you get away from the casinos that make the place feel like Las Vegas, you'll find Macau has held tightly to its Portuguese roots, so much so that you'll often hear Portuguese being spoken as you wander through Old Taipa Village. It's one of the only places in Asia where you can dine on Portuguese food cooked by a Portuguese family, sip Portuguese wine and tour mansions, forts and churches built during the period of Portuguese colonization.

    Photo courtesy of McKay Savage

  • Montreal, Quebec

    Montreal might just be the closest thing to France outside of Europe, particularly in historic Vieux-Montréal, the city's oldest neighborhood. Museums, churches, jazz and French fusion cuisine are just a few of Montreal's biggest draws. If you want the experience of Europe at Christmas without hopping the Pond, give Montreal a try.

    Photo courtesy of mricon

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

    The neoclassical buildings, world-class museums and street-side cafes of Buenos Aires lend the Argentinian capital an undeniably European feel. Despite it's European similarities, the city has an energy all its own, whether you're gazing at the balcony where Evita addressed her admirers or watching a tango in a smoky bar.

    Photo courtesy of Sitio oficial de turismo Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

  • Solvang, California

    Spending time in the city of Solvang, California might make you feel like you're in Denmark, which makes sense given the city was established by a group of Danish settlers in 1911. Many of the city's building facades are styled after those in Denmark, and you'll find a Little Mermaid statue just like the one in Copenhagen. Want to sample some Danish food? Try one of the many bakeries and restaurants of Solvang.

    Photo courtesy of Dan Lindsay

  • Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

    Breathtaking coastal views and postcard-perfect lighthouses aren't the only similarities Cape Breton Island shares with Scotland. This Nova Scotia community was originally settled by Scottish Highlanders, a heritage you can hear in the Celtic pub music and distinct accents of the residents.

    Photo courtesy of Andrea Schaffer

  • Helen, GA

    The town of Helen, Georgia likens itself to an Alpine village, though it admittedly falls on the kitschy side rather than the authentic. All the same, the streets are lined with red-roofed houses boasting flower boxes in the windows, and visitors can wash their meal of German sausage down with Bavarian beer to the sounds of oompah music in the background.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Gunn

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    While much of Ho Chi Minh City has modernized beyond its French colonial roots, you can still see remnants of its French heritage in the architecture and culinary traditions of the city. The best examples of colonial architecture can be found at the Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Hotel Majestic, Hotel Continental and the Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

    Photo courtesy of dalbera

  • Cuenca, Ecuador

    While Quito, Ecuador's capital, is often considered very European, the southern city of Cuenca is even more so, thanks to its cobbled streets, colonial churches, whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs and busy plazas. The city earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999 and is popular with tourists for its hip cafes and galleries tucked into historic buildings.

    Photo courtesy of Maurizio Costanzo

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