These 5 American cities will make you think you’re in Europe

Stateside spots that feel an ocean away.

Kevin Crain

By Kevin Crain

Beacon hill neighborhood in Boston

Some cities feel like they belong on another continent. Maybe it’s the food, architecture, energy, or people. Whatever the case, we’ve found five American cities that feel a lot like living in Europe. 

Whether you want a European summer work-cation without actually going abroad or a change of scenery stateside, this list of US cities is a great place to start. Perhaps the best part? Blueground offers fully furnished apartments in each of these American cities. Stay for a month, a whole season, or even longer! Flexible terms let you live where you want for as long as you want. 

Looking for a Europe-like experience without leaving the United States? Here are some of the best American cities that seem an ocean away. 


alley with brownstones with autumn brown leaves on the ground, moody weather, and a US flag hanging from a house down the alley

Known for its rich history and colonial-era architecture, Boston has a certain charm reminiscent of London or Dublin. From the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the beautiful brick buildings and vintage lampposts, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve been transported across the pond.

But it’s not just the buildings that make Boston feel like a European city. Beantown’s diverse population, bustling streets, and abundance of Irish pubs all contribute to the vibe. Of course, there’s also the sports culture — Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, and Red Sox. Each game features an exciting atmosphere and fans that are just as passionate as any in Europe. 

San Francisco

san francisco a colorful residential street with trolley

With its steep hills, eclectic neighborhoods, and a thriving arts scene, San Francisco has a cosmopolitan feel that brings to mind Barcelona. San Fran’s colorful buildings and lively neighborhoods, like the Mission District, share a similar energy to the streets of the Catalan capital.

San Francisco’s pleasant weather and coastal location also create comparisons to Lisbon, Portugal. For instance, you probably know about San Francisco’s cute cable cars. But you may not have realized that Lisbon boasts a charming system of trams, too. All aboard! 


Chicago skyline

Architecture, food, and culture — Chicago has them all, reminding us of European cities like Copenhagen or Berlin. Whether you’re exploring the stunning architecture of the Loop or discovering the vibrant art scene in Wicker Park, Chicago transports you to another world.

Perhaps the biggest similarity between Chicago and Copenhagen is a love for biking. Both cities have an extensive network of bike lanes and are known as two of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Chicago also resembles Berlin in many ways, especially with its rich history and vibrant art scene. The Windy City’s role in the jazz music and modern architecture give it a similar cultural depth to Berlin as well.


Couple in South Beach Miami

The beachy style of Miami naturally gives it a similar vibe to the Spanish island of Ibiza. Plus, both spots feature legendary nightlife and a vibrant party scene. That’s why living in Miami is perfect for young professionals and fun-loving extroverts. 

Miami also feels like a little slice of the French Riviera — a place like Cannes — right in the heart of the United States. Each of these two cities delivers a touch of tropical elegance. Sipping champagne. Boat tours. Strolling along the beach. Obvious glamour and sophistication make them popular destinations for a long getaway. 

Washington DC

georgetown row houses

In some ways, Washington DC resembles Paris or London simply because of its national importance. Obviously, there are plenty of European diplomats living in Washington DC as well. Another similarity is the architecture, but not just domes and obelisks. DC’s grand neoclassical buildings and wide boulevards are reminiscent of Paris’ Haussmannian architecture and London’s Georgian buildings.

And who could think of London or Paris without the vibrant outdoor cafes and charming neighborhoods coming to mind? Washington DC’s own neighborhoods, like Dupont Circle and Georgetown, have a similar energy and magic that make them fun to explore.

Your next hometown is waiting

Blueground makes it ridiuclously easy to search and find the right apartment for you. Then simply show up and get set to explore your new city. You’ll feel like a local in any of these American cities…even if they seem straight out of Europe. 

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain is a writer from Dallas, Texas. He’s dedicated to helping every Blueground guest live like a local and make their apartment feel like home. His favorite topics include active experiences, bucket list essentials, and hidden gems in cities around the world.