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Hotel search trivago.com introduces you to six small towns in the US that will make you feel as if you're living large in a top international destination.
Frankenmuth, MI --"Michigan's Little Bavaria"
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The spirit of Oktoberfest and the sights and sounds of Christmas come alive in the village of Frankenmuth. Walking around Michigan's "Little Bavaria" is like a scene from a fairytale with its storybook style buildings and covered bridges. Its German heritage is celebrated with authentic music, food and, of course, beer during year round festivities like the Oktoberfest celebration and the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival.
St. Augustine, FL -- "The Nation's Oldest City"
Founded in 1565 by Spanish settlers, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the US -- and one of the most beautiful towns along Florida's coast. The city proudly displays Spanish colonial architecture with its narrow, brick-lined streets and balconied houses. National monuments and historic sites such as the Castillo de San Marcos are just a short walk from the beaches of Florida's gorgeous coastline.
Fredericksburg, TX -- "German Heritage. Texan Hospitality"
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Captivated by the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, German immigrant settlers established the charming town of Fredericksburg -- one of the most popular destinations in Texas. There's no end to the German traditions and Texan hospitality along the historic Main Street -- thriving with specialty shops, restaurants, biergartens and cozy bed and breakfasts. Fredericksburg is also known for having some of the best wineries in the Lone Star State.
Solvang, CA -- "The Danish Capital of America"
The "hygge," or coziness, of Denmark, the world's happiest country, is abundant in Solvang. Solvang means "sunny fields" in Danish and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the California sunshine, whether you want to relax with friends and family in Hans Christian Andersen Park, go horseback riding, or simply stroll along the quaint city center. Solvang is the only Danish town in the West and the ultimate small village in the Golden State!
Lindsborg, KS -- "Little Sweden USA"
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Välkommen to Lindsborg -- the heart of Sweden in America. The colorful downtown streets are lined with painted Dala horses, a traditional form of Swedish folk art. Galleries and specialty shops selling handmade crafts are nestled among historic sites such as the Swedish Pavilion. Authentic bakeries and cafes serve sweet lingonberry bars and the most mouthwatering Swedish pancakes this side of the Atlantic.
New Glarus, WI -- "America's Little Switzerland"
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Resting in the picturesque hills of Wisconsin's Green County, New Glarus boasts beautiful scenery as well as a thriving village center. New Glarus's deep appreciation for its Swiss founders is honored through its festivals, museums and unique shops offering chocolate, cheese, and other goods imported from Europe. At the Swiss Center of America, the only Swiss heritage organization in the US, visitors can connect to the rich history and culture of Switzerland's German, Italian, and French identities.
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