Domestic Trips with European Vibes

There is so much to do and see here in the United States! Many destinations have history that make them feel international. From Spanish roots to mountain escapes, read about 3 places you can visit with an international feel but the ease and simplicity of being a domestic destination.

Vail, Colorado

Vail was built in the 1960s to model a European alpine village. It is very walkable and pedestrian friendly, with outdoor features such as an outdoor skating rink and clock tower. You have your pick of slopes in Vail with 5,000 acres of skiing. Order the fresh-baked German pretzel with horseradish mustard at Almresi – a cozy cottage restaurant equipped with servers in alpine attire.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sante Fe is the oldest state capital in US and also one of the first European settlements in North America. Santa Fe is a great place to experience Pueblo architecture and a booming art scene. Explore Aztec ruins as well as amazing food in Santa Fe.

St. Augustine, Florida

Settled by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine is said to be home to the Fountain of Youth. This pirate-esque city is home to Castillo de Saint Marcos, a 17th century fort that is said to be haunted, as well as the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States. The Lightner Museum is worth a visit to see beautiful Victorian-era art and antiques. Anastasia State Park Wildlife Sanctuary and St. Augustine Beach are great places to go to experience nature as well.

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Written by Carol Gabbert, Van Zile Travel

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