Go Here, Not There: 6 U.S. Destinations That Rival a Trip to Europe

Go Here, Not There: 6 U.S. Destinations That Rival a Trip to Europe

The collective mood seems to shift after Labor Day. Summer Fridays are forgotten, long shadows stencil the sidewalk, and our feed is peppered with images of crockpots and reading nooks, rather than white sand beaches in Italy and Greece.

If you’re not ready to nest just yet, now’s the best time to book a last-minute weekend getaway. We’re officially in so-called “shoulder season,” when many peak summer destinations lower their rates to entice visitors, making traveling in the U.S. more affordable than ever. So, where to go? There’s no need for European vacation envy—ahead, we chose six stunning stateside alternatives that rival a trip to Tuscany, Switzerland, and more. These gorgeous cities and towns prove there’s simply no place like home. 

France is certainly a popular choice for those who love cheese but you don’t have to brave a red-eye to indulge in the tasting platter of your dreams. Consider Wisconsin, instead. The state produces some of the best artisanal cheese in the U.S., spanning 600 varieties, types, and styles. Be sure to stop by Fromagination, an epic cheese shop in Madison where you can learn about how cheese is made (and take home some tasty souvenirs, of course). Those who are really serious about cheese can pursue an elite Master Cheesemaker certification, too—Wisconsin is the only place outside Europe where you can gain the specialist credentials. 

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