More so than ever, people are flocking to Europe this summer despite limited accommodations, soaring airfare and crowded tourist spots. But who wants to deal with all of that? Instead, why not visit somewhere a little closer to home? We rounded up 4 amazing cities nearby that resemble or have roots in Europe or even just give off that European vibe without the sweltering heat and the hefty price point that is perfect for your summer vacations.
1. Quebec City
Wondering if you’ve accidentally transported yourself into the cobblestone alleys of the City of Light? If you’re in North America, then you’ve probably stepped into Quebec City. Founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in AD1608 and known as a bilingual area, where most of the Montreal population speaks French. Explore the senses with baguettes and croissants and feast your eyes on the lovely New France style of Quebec.
2. Kimberley, B.C.
The Bavarian-style of the city has gotten a reputation for being a mirror of any number of Bavarian cities in German. An amazing small town in B.C, Kimberley is a perfect destination year-round. Take it slow and explore things like the underground railroad train ride, enjoy a beer on an outdoor patios, or the Cominco gardens that has over 45,000 flowers to enjoy during a stroll.
3. St. John’s
Looking for some luck of the Irish? Then head to St. John’s to look like you stepped inside a fishing village in the lush green country of Ireland. Newfoundland itself has been compared to Ireland for its coastlines, cliff sides, and greenery as far as the eye can see. The Irish Loop is considered a hub of Irish culture so explore the rural landscape of Newfoundland then go for a pint in St. John’s among the culture buildings.
While Victoria looks like a North American town, there are some parts of the city–namely the architecture–that can have you feeling like you’ve flown over the pond. Fun fact, some have even referred to Victoria as the most British city in North America. The city’s parliament building resembles Westminster Palace in London and even a museum in Berlin, and the city’s culture itself even borrows from British culture with an emphasis on high tea and English-style pubs (perfect for the British expats who have decided to set up shop here.)