Americans get a lot of flack for not traveling internationally as much as other countries’ citizens do. Even we took a satirical shot at this issue in a recent post. However, the flip side is that many Americans are content with the wide array of travel offerings right at home. Beyond distinctively American icons like the Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty and the Washington monuments, there is a world of locations, landmarks and attractions with an international flair one can visit on US territory – no passport required. We’re not suggesting Americans shouldn’t get out and see the world, but if you can’t visit the real thing, the following facsimiles might be the next best thing. Here are 15 ways to travel the world without leaving America.
1. Have a Great Dane Experience in Solvang, California
Have you always wanted to visit Copenhagen but couldn’t afford the airfare? You can experience some of that Danish spirit in the Californian town of Solvang, in the wine-filled Santa Ynez Valley. The town was founded in 1911 by a community of settlers from Denmark, so this is more than just some cheesy tourist construct (side note: Danish Havarti cheese is divine). The town’s architecture reflects traditional Danish style, and there are many shops, restaurants and bakeries specializing in delicacies from the motherland. There’s a replica of Copenhagen’s Rundetårn (Round Tower), a copy of the famed Little Mermaid statue, a mini Tivoli Square and several whimsical windmills around the charming village. You can’t visit without sampling some æbleskiver, a delicious Danish twist on the donut hole.