While Europe has opened much of its borders to American travelers, particularly those who are vaccinated, you still may not feel ready to go just yet. No worries. You can get a European vibe without a passport.
Here are some of the places you can fake it until you make the trip across the pond.
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you fell asleep and woke up in Old San Juan, you could think you’re still dreaming and you’re in 16th century Europe. Old San Juan screams old-world Europe, with its design and 500-year-old architecture, especially the fab Goth and Renaissance Revival-style cathedrals. Then there are the castles, and of course the classic town square of Plaza de Armas. The Caribe Hilton in nearby San Juan is on 13 acres of lush gardens between cobblestone streets that evoke all things Europe and the historic colonial barrio of Condado that today is a go-to for shopping for those who aren’t concerned about price tags.
Key West, Florida
Key West is its own thing. Funky, quirky, great food. Some have compared it to Algarve, a darling of a small beach town in Portugal. They both have colorful downtowns that are full of local charm and personality, cool shops you won’t see in every town. Boats are big in both, as is fishing. Seafood reigns supreme. As for where to stay in Key West, you might want to go for the only private natural sand beach, The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton, with its generous heaping of local artwork, and Hemingway-inspired oceanfront eatery.
If you can’t be in Spain’s Almeria Province, a Spanish desert escape awaits you in Phoenix and its vast semi-desert scrubland. Make like you’re in Spain at the Arizona Biltmore. The adults-only pool is landscaped with palms. The nights are for stargazing from your private cottage and you can complete the mood with a meal at Renata’s Hearth for elevated Latin cuisine.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you’re not feeling the Eiffel Tower right now, but want a piece of Paris, think the Big Easy. French culture is everywhere, from those iron-laced balconies to the architecture and cuisine, particularly pastries. Beignets anyone? You know all about the French Quarter. Eat, drink and be merry. The Roosevelt New Orleans is convenient if you don’t want to be too far from the action of the French Quarter.
Park City, Utah
An Austrian mountainside retreat might not happen this year, but you can do Park City. Those alpine vistas are pretty darn impressive. The hiking trails are world-class and for a little bit of a city bonus, Main Street is where you’ll find restaurants, galleries and shops. Just five minutes away is the Waldorf Astoria Park City with its Wasatch Range Mountain views that will make you forget about Austria.
Las Vegas, Nevada
You probably don’t need an excuse to go to Vegas. This time, say you’re going to get your Greek on. Yes, it can be a Greece-inspired Getaway. If you don’t think so, try Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton. You can’t deny the Mykonos flavor at the onsite Elia Beach Club, a poolside day club with Grecian stonework and wood-framed cabanas overlooking a Mediterranean-style pool. The theme continues with Todd English’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, Olives.