The Evergreen State's lofty mountains are a good reminder of what the Swiss Alps might look like. But thanks to the melting pot of cultures, did you know that there are several places to visit in Washington that'll actually make you feel like you're on a vacation in Europe?
The best part? These spots don't require you to save up loads of money in advance. All you need is to gas up your car and get ready for a backpacking trip of a lifetime!
From thousands of acres of tulips that'll rival Holland and sleepy, Norwegian towns with authentic Dutch pastries to Venetian-style gondola rides, ruins like in Rome and castles transported all the way from Wales, this Euro list is pretty endless. Ready? Let's plan that trip.
Why You Need To Go: Nestled in the snowy Cascade Mountains, you can chug steins of craft beer around firepits, binge-eat pretzels, revel in its authentic Oktoberfest or pet some reindeer. Either way, you've arrived in the Bavarian Alps!
Why You Need To Go: We don't know if it's the hoards of fresh fruit, wheat fields, bakeries serving up massive blueberry pannenkoeks, olibellon, stroopwafels or the giant windmill, but we think we get why its called a sleepy little Dutch village. Hello, Netherlands (but in Washington)!
Why You Need To Go: This tiny town is called "Little Norway" for a reason. Not only was Norwegian the only language to be spoken until World War II, but this Nordic village still celebrates a Viking Fest. Oh, and it's known for its delish pastries!
Why You Need To Go: The valley celebrates its annual spring season with thousands of tulip blooms that rivals Amsterdam's bulbs. If you want to get lost in a happy field, they even have 450 acres of daffodils!
Why You Need To Go: With over 140 wineries, several wine-tasting tours, and festivals, you can get buzzed on your favorite cabs and syrahs. They're so serious about their vino, you can even stay in a wine barrel! At the end of your visit, you'll be saying, "Tuscany, who?"
Why You Need To Go: While it turns into a winter wonderland attracting skiers and snowboarders from all over the world to hit its envious slopes, the summers here bring with it breathtaking views of alpine slopes from gondola rides. Either way, you'll feel like you're in the Swiss Alps.
Why You Need To Go: You can take a romantic (and authentic), Venetian gondola cruise at this beautiful bay in Puget Sound. Pop some bubbly, indulge in white chocolate dolce, and listen to your gondolier croon some Italian tunes.
Why You Need To Go: Ever wanted to see the ruins in Rome? This free Stonehenge replica with spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge will come pretty close.
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