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Places in North America that remind you of Europe

We are not traveling to Europe this year, but are traveling domestically instead. I am interested in finding places that have a European vibe.

Quebec City comes to mind.

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For me, California is one of the most European feeling states in the US. Southern California reminds me of my homeland, Spain, good seafood, great beaches, perfect weather (most of the time), Spanish historical architecture, and wineries as far as the eye can see.

Santa Barbara, San Clemente, Catalina, La Jolla and all those quaint seaside villages in between could easily stand in for the Costa del Sol or the Costa Blanca. Could make for a nice roadtrip :)

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The high road to Taos in New Mexico reminded me of rural Italy, but not of any particular place.

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Maybe Leavenworth, Washington to a degree, especially during winter. It has a Bavarian feel to it and is also visited by plenty of tourists.

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Lots of places in Mexico remind me of Europe very much.

Mexico City. Merida (Yucatan state). San Miguel de Allende. Puebla. Guanajuato. In fact, any of Mexico's old colonial cities (there are a bunch).

For that matter...need to better define your parameters for "North America" as there are many places throughout the Caribbean (and of course Central America and South America) that feel a lot like Europe.

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Vail, Colorado and central Ottawa, Canada are a couple of others.

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Definitely the old section of Quebec City. Reminds us of some Parisian neighborhoods.
Some of the older sections of Boston USA remind us of old London. Portsmouth NH also has that old feel of a Brit port city.

And some of the leafy parts of NYC or Brooklyn, reminds us of Edinburgh or Kensington in the UK.

We too decided to wait, and are planning to see QC. We’ve always gone in spring or summer but want to try the fall this year.

Hope you find some place fun!

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Santa Fe and Taos. Although of adobe and adobe style architecture, they have a European vibe of arts, culture and food. Some of that culture comes directly from the Spanish colonists.

Charleston and Savannah. Small walkable cities with great food and history.

Chicago if you want a bigger city. While the Loop, River North and Gold Coast highrises are not at all European, the vibe is more European than any other large American city I've been in. Get into the neighborhoods, and you get fantastic architecture, culture and food. All very walkable and accessible to transit (definitely something more European).