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Heartland Holland & Sunbelt Alps: Europe in the US

Posted on August 14, 2008 in Trip Ideas

You don’t need to buy a plane ticket or exchange money for a taste of Europe: just follow IgoUgo travelers to some superb European attractions in the US. The visitors tell us what to do and where to stay—and what, exactly, is under those kilts.

Instead of Denmark, try Solvang, California
Veronica Ondrejech says: “In the heart of Santa Barbara wine country lies the charming town of Solvang, which offers both wine lovers and travelers a Danish cultural experience in a setting central to local vineyards. Solvang is full of quaint restaurants, bakeries, and cafés built using old-world Danish methods and styles. Time your weekend right and dancers, singers, and musicians fill the streets.”
Where to Stay: Solvang Gardens Lodge
Where to Eat: Paula’s Pancake House
What to Try: Wine Tasting

Instead of Germany, try Helen, Georgia
Bretegolf says: “An awesome German town in the Northeast Georgia Mountains! This is a hidden gem that has been in place for 35 years. The mountains, falls, river, and quaint town are places of utter relaxation and enjoyment!”
Where to Stay: Cabin on the Creek
Where to Eat: Wurst Haus
When to Go: Oktoberfest

Instead of the Netherlands, try Pella, Iowa
btwood2 says: “Tulip Time in May and Sinterklaas festivities in December solidly ground Pella in Dutch heritage. Architecture, canals, windmills, klokkenspel, and Dutch surnames on shops that sell imported Dutch items reinforce the Dutch theme.”
Where to Stay: Royal Amsterdam Hotel
Where to Eat: Strawtown Inn
What to See: Lake Red Rock

Instead of Greece, try Tarpon Springs, Florida
Eve Carr says: “In Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of St. Petersburg, I found a small but extremely vibrant, authentic Greek community. It dates back to the 1880s when Greek sponge divers and their families immigrated here to carry on their sponge-diving occupation. Today, Tarpon Springs is known as the sponge capital of the world, and you’ll find plenty of sponge-related activities here, but my daughter and I love this quaint Mediterranean village for its array of authentically delicious Greek cuisine.”
Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Where to Eat: Mykonos
When to Go: Epiphany Day

Instead of Switzerland, try New Glarus, Wisconsin
wildhoney269 says: “Every year, thousands of visitors, including hundreds of Swiss tourists, are drawn to New Glarus to enjoy the atmosphere that thrives here and nowhere else outside of Switzerland. With small-town friendliness and enthusiasm, New Glarus shares its Swiss heritage, its chalet-style architecture, its famous ethnic festivals, and a wealth of specialty shops and restaurants serving savory Swiss food.”
Where to Stay: Chalet Landhaus
Where to Eat: Glarner Stube
When to Go: Wilhelm Tell Festival

Instead of Russia, try Sitka, Alaska
Colewade says: “Sitka's spectacular location, splendid isolation, and unusual historic sites make it a truly unique town. With one day you can enjoy Russian and Tlingit history, take a good hike, and catch a 100-pound halibut. A tour of both St. Michael's Cathedral and the Russian Bishop's House gives one a very good sampling of Russian-American culture.”
Where to Stay: Talon Lodge & Spa
Where to Eat: The Channel Club
What to See: Alaska Raptor Center

Instead of Scotland, try Boise, Idaho
Wildcat Dianne says: “Walking around the annual Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games, we saw Scottish men of all ages walking around in kilts, and we couldn't resist the question, ‘Do they wear underwear under those kilts?!’ Later, in ‘the Weights’ competition, they had to lift their kilts a little bit, and it was there we saw that most of them were not ‘going commando’ under their kilts—they had spandex shorts under them.”
Where to Stay: Doubletree Club Boise
Where to Eat: TableRock Brewpub
When to Go: Treasure Valley Celtic Festival & Highland Games

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