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2 U.S. Destinations Exuding a European Feel

by Mary Melnick

May 30, 2023

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Destinations / North America

With European travel expected to be more popular than ever this summer, some travelers may find it easier to skip the Euro trip altogether and travel somewhere closer to home. Instead, travel to European-influenced cities in the United States.

 

Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital was designed by Frenchman Pierre L’Enfant and his influences are found throughout the city to this day. George Washington wanted D.C. to rival Paris as a gem in its own right. Low buildings, walkable wide streets, expansive green spaces and traffic circles are styled closely after the Parisian layout. European-influenced architecture throughout the city offers a nice touch and, after a few glasses of French wine, possibly at one of D.C.’s famed brasseries, you may actually think you are in Paris.

 

During your trip to the capital, stay at The Kimpton Banneker, located in the heart of the city. This 144-room, Euro-modern luxury boutique hotel engages guests in both the rich history and urban culture of the nation’s capital. Located on the 16th Street Meridian Line, the hotel sits a few blocks from the White House and National Mall, as well as some of the best restaurants in town.

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

It’s no surprise a city with the French Quarter would have major European influence, but the city’s roots also resemble a Spanish quality. The language, food, music and architecture transport you out of the States and take you to another country.

 

Stay at The Eliza Jane, just steps away from the French Quarter. The Eliza Jane is the perfect destination for visitors looking to get as close as they can to the action without staying on Bourbon Street. Developed in a quartet of historic warehouses, the upscale hotel’s storied past unfolds through its walls. As a nod to its former days of manufacturing and distributing liquor, gunpowder and the city’s newspaper, the hotel features unique programming and antique architecture.

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