Looking for European charm in the USA? Recent events have upended every facet of our lives, including travel. Luckily, those currently living in the US don’t need a valid passport or money for a plane ticket to get a glimpse of European places. As regular readers are already aware, there are numerous cities in the US that have a European feel.

So if you’re ready for a European experience but your wallet says you’ll be lucky to afford to leave the house, here are 18 American places that seem European.

1.  Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is one of the country’s most beautiful historic places. Step back into colonial days in a place reminiscent of England or Ireland. It is one of the country’s oldest cities.    

Stroll the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, the famous home of the descendants of the English settlers complete with old, red-brick homes. The streets are gas-lit and there are historical buildings on almost every corner.

You can even visit the harbor where the Boston Tea Party took place and learn how this historic protest helped ignite the American Revolution. Go hike the popular red-bricked 2.5-mile Freedom Trail and see 16 historic landmarks in only a couple of hours including Faneuil Hall, the site of the nation’s first official town meeting and “the home of free speech”.  

2.  Charleston, South Carolina

This picturesque port city includes brightly colored, elegant historic architecture, cobblestone streets, towering palm trees, delicious local cuisine, bougainvillea, and an excess of European charm. This southern city has the feel of southern France or Spain. Homes here go back to a time before the infamous Civil War.

The harbor here is also historic. Indeed, it was back in 1861 off the coast of famous Fort Sumter that the very first shots of the US Civil War were once fired. Don’t miss the 13 colorful buildings of Rainbow Row either. They date back to the 1700s.  

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