A stroll down a cobbled street in New Orleans calls to mind a rue in Paris. Restaurants in Milwaukee share a kinship with the boisterous beer halls of Munich.
Snow-capped Vermont mountains conjure up visions of Alpine skiing in Austria. With so many American locales steeped in European influence — from public park design to architecture to cuisine — you don’t have to travel far for a dose of Continental flavor.
So even if vacation days and budget aren’t lining up for a European escape this year, Medieval-inspired castles and Italian-style vineyards still await closer to home. Here are six European-leaning U.S. spots in reach for a fraction of the cost — no passports required.