And if they're not better, they're pretty close to being just as good.
Let’s start by addressing the obvious elephant in the room: yes, it’s impossible to substitute a European vacation with anything other than, well, a European vacation. But hear me out, it is possible to come pretty darn close. There are at least 10 European-inspired activities you can participate in throughout the United States. Some pay homage to the original experience by going to great lengths to replicate it, while others sneakily manage to one-up their European counterpart. In some cases, Mother Nature has simply outdone herself in North America. In others, it’s the companies and destinations that have discovered how to outshine the overseas competition by homing in on the very best attributes of each experience while eliminating some of the frustrations. From encountering fewer crowds to increased access that gets you up-close-and-personal with some of these marvels, you’re bound to see the beauty (and convenience) of these U.S.-based alternatives to European vacations.