These cities are in the states, but they have a distinctly European feel.
It’s no secret that the modern Americas and their cities have been heavily shaped by European influence; once Columbus and crew started coming in waves, empires like Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, and France began to build New World settlements in their Old World images — and their imprint remains.
It’s obvious in places like Montreal or Quebec or Buenos Aires. After all, Canadians and Argentines speak the European languages of French and Spanish.
But what about cities in the United States, an English-speaking country hyperfocused on its own independent identity separate from Europe? English has become so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget it came from Europe. Take a closer look, and you’ll find that Europe is all over the U.S.
While plenty of American cities (like Columbus or Nashville or Oklahoma City or Boise) ooze distinct Americana, just as many exude European charm. From architecture to pace of life, from landscape to language, many American cities make you feel like you’re in Europe. Some are big, some are small, some are old, and some are new. Here, some of the most European cities in the country.