Expedia: 11 US Cities that Feel Like International Destinations {including a Nod to Solvang}

by Kohleun Adamson | April 10, 2018

Solvang and its annual celebration of everything “Danish”, Solvang Danish Days, was featured in a recent Expedia article about “11 US Cities that Feel Like International Destinations”!

Solvang, California
Solvang via Flickr/Prayitno

Exploring America’s many cultures, one town at a time

American culture is a rich fusion of customs and histories from all over the globe and centuries past. In the U.S., you’re as likely to find life-changing samosas as you are a comforting plate of barbecue and coleslaw. To celebrate this, we’re highlighting 11 of America’s most culturally diverse cities, in no particular order, where you might feel like you’ve arrived in another country. Don’t be fooled, though — Americana is different everywhere you look, whether you’re celebrating Oktoberfest in Texas or watching a Bollywood premiere in California. These destinations ought to be the most popular U.S. cities for international travelers who want to experience one of America’s finest features: its inclusive spirit. Revisit your family’s heritage or encounter a whole new side of America, and whatever you do, embrace the flavors, people, and festivities that make the 50 states a great place to travel.

5. Solvang, CA

Located in Santa Barbara County, Solvang is a lovely Danish village surrounded by stunning wine country. Win, win. As you wander between the horse-drawn trolleys and half-timbered houses, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in Denmark’s history. But you’ll be glad you’re still in 21st-century California when you start snapping selfies in front of the Hamlet Square windmill #LookMomNoPassport.

Cultural encounters – Around here, local museums pay homage to their Danish heritage. Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum at the Book Loft to learn more about Denmark’s master storyteller, and discover the Danish pioneer experience at Elverhøj Museum of History & Art.

Food for thought – Solvang is home to more than half a dozen Danish bakeries. If you’ve never had a stroopwafel, this is the place to try ten! It’s two waffle cookies with gooey caramel or jam filling. The folks at the Solvang Bakery make theirs with a cream and jam.

Come one, come all – The Danish Heritage Festival, Solvang Danish Days, brings even more color and energy to town — if that’s possible — this September 14-16. Watch blacksmith demos, community dances, and tour a Viking encampment!

Read the entire article and view the list of 11 U.S. Cities, here: viewfinder.expedia.com/features/11-us-cities-feel-like-international-destinations/