Most beautiful & top traveling European Cities, Amazing & Attractive United Stats Cities Pictures, Best Places & destination in the World, From Boston, the oldest city in the US, to the tiny town of Fredericksburg founded in 1846, here is our list of 11 ‘European’ cities which you can see in the United States. Compared to many of the world’s nations, the United States is still in its infancy. Many cities in the US were founded by European explorers and colonizers who put their unique cultural stamp on the flourishing cities they created. Be it a smattering of culinary delicacies and a slight linguistic quirk or the architecture of a whole section of the city, European influence in America is everywhere you look.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Home to some of the most fascinating examples of French and Spanish colonial architecture in the US, New Orleans, or La Nouvelle-Orleans as it was once known, has a long and colorful history. Founded by the French, New Orleans was under Spanish rule in the 18th century. The Vieux Carre area of New Orleans is the oldest part of the city as most of its buildings were erected during French and Spanish rule and now house popular restaurants and cafes. The influx of European immigrants to New Orleans following the Second World War, particularly those from Ireland and Germany, helped to create the distinctive melting pot of New Orleans’ culture we see today.
Back in 1905 man-made canals were built in Venice, California and the were intentionally designed to look like the beautiful canals you might fine in Venice, Italy. As you might deduce from the name of this little city, they were really committed to the idea of bringing some of that Italian romance to the United States! In the 1920’s, Venice was merged into Los Angeles. If you don’t have the time or funds to travel to Italy, visit this beautiful little part of LA for a wonderful treat. In much of the area, cars are forbidden, so it’s a great place to go for a walk through the streets and over the canal bridges, taking in the beauty of the extravagant homes and boats in the area. Not only does Venice LA have a beautiful canal area, but you can also walk along it’s ocean promenade, which is bustling with entertainment, artists, and great food.
One of the oldest cities in the US, Boston, Massachusetts became the home of a number of European settlers in the late 16th century, most of whom were English. The South End Historic District of Boston is the largest surviving Victorian era neighborhood in the US and the oldest home in Boston is the Paul Revere House located downtown.
Boston’s cultural roots, cuisine, religion and dialect are English and Irish in origin and many vestiges of Anglo-Irish culture can be seen in the lifestyles of its people. Boston is also known as the ‘Athens of America’ for its rich literary culture.
San Diego, California
The first permanent settlement of Spanish people on the Pacific Coast happened in San Diego. There are many strong Spanish influences in San Diego, particularly in the architecture. 21 Spanish missions, spiritual and administrative centers built by Spaniards in the 18th century, still exist in the state of California.
The Old Town State Park and beautiful 1200-acre Balboa Park in San Diego celebrate the area’s diverse heritage and vestiges of its Spanish past can be seen in its Hispanic culture, cuisine and annual events.
Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by a number of German immigrants who had come to America to escape difficult political and social conditions in Germany. Named after Prince Frederick of Prussia, Fredericksburg is sometimes called Fitzburg and is the home of the curious Texan-German language.
Unsurprisingly many of the buildings in this Texas Hill Country town showcase architecture unique to the German immigrants who built it. A small town of only around 11,000 people, Fredericksburg celebrates its German origins in its cuisine, music and annual German festivals like the well-loved Oktoberfest.
During the 19th century the Port of Baltimore was the second leading port of entry for immigrants from Europe to America and Baltimore became the home of a huge number of German and Italian immigrants. German heritage can be found in buildings such as the Zion Lutheran Church and food such as Berger cookies.
Baltimore’s Italian heritage is prominent too, particularly in Little Italy where you can see annual bocce tournaments, Italian-style open-air markets, traditional Italian festivals and, of course, enjoy real Italian cuisine.
It was French explorers who first put Chicago, Illinois on the map but a huge population boom in the 19th century saw immigrants arrive from all over Europe, especially Ireland, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden. Chicago is home to a diversity of tightly-knit communities that center around common heritage, be it Italian, German, French or Norwegian.
The culture of Chicago is heavily influenced by European immigrants, particularly in music and performing arts. Many of Chicago’s culinary claims to fame are Italian in origin and its craft brewery scene is distinctly German.
San Francisco, California
Like San Diego, San Francisco is Spanish in name and Spanish in heritage. San Francisco’s population swelled during the 19th century and thanks to the design and hard work of its many European immigrants developed into a sprawling city known as the Paris of the West. A very Parisian influence can be seen in San Francisco’s Beaux Arts building and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
An incredibly diverse city and one that is often cited as ‘America’s Best City’, San Francisco is totally unique, its arts, music, cuisine, museums and architecture the result of centuries of mass European immigration and influence.
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is the United States’ oldest city. Established in 1565, St. Augustine is sometimes referred to as the ‘Ancient City’ and was founded by a Spaniard explorer. The capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years, St. Augustine has managed to retain many of its heritage buildings including churches, cemeteries, army barracks and a ‘colonial quarter’.
Quaint brick-lined streets, courtyards and horse-drawn carriages delight visitors to the area who can also enjoy Spanish music and cuisine on offer.
Charleston, South Carolina
Known as the Holy City, much of the beautiful architecture of the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina dates back to colonial times. Founded in 1670 as Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston is a charming and sophisticated city chock full of churches and heritage attractions.
The old cobbled streets of Charleston and the touristy horse-drawn carriages evoke an England of years gone by while the wide, lazy verandas of the old houses and warm humid air remind visitors they are in the America South.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
While it’s not a state, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and for most people on the east coast of the US, is also a very quick flight away – in fact a shorter trip than a flight to any of the states on the west coast. The capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan, might not spring to mind when you think of European cities in the United States but this city’s historic center was founded by the Spanish in the 1500’s and is reminiscent of a small Spanish town. The former colonial part of the city is known as Old San Juan and is home to historic buildings such as the Fort San Felipe and the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista as well as number of homes dating from the 16th century.
The remains of old fortified city walls cement the feeling that you might be in a small Spanish town rather than an American city and the whole of Old San Juan is a UNESCO world heritage site.