It kind of goes without saying at this point, but the United States of America, as a nation, has had a pretty significant impact on the rest of the world throughout the course of time. In addition to being a primary tourist destination, it is also quite influential in terms of how foreigners, behave, react and develop their own lives and personalities.

That sounds quite extreme but it's true, and in many ways, it's never been more accurate than in Europe. There are certainly places throughout the continent that are much more 'naturally' breathtaking than anywhere in the States, but there are certainly a handful of cities that give off the impression of an American destination.

10 Copenhagen, Denmark

This isn’t going to be a universal thought process by any stretch of the imagination, but there just seems to be something about the bright lights of the Danish capital that allows it to qualify.

The best possible compliment that could be awarded to Copenhagen is that it feels like a mesh of the quaint Gdansk and the larger than life New York City. People are very into their fitness, as is the case in NYC, and there are a lot of major brands that have recognized and capitalized on the market growth of the area.

9 London, England

The majority of Americans who take the time to change up their life and move to Europe will lean towards London. Why? Because it’s familiar. America and England are two nations that have consistently bound together for years now, and there’s just something about the partnership that works.

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Visually speaking London is as hectic and sometimes rude as a lot of the major US destinations, and that feeling of living in an English-speaking big city just kind of translates. It’s like there’s some kind of unspoken connection, and probably always will be.

8 Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedes seem to idolize the way of living that stems from being an American, from the big restaurant and fashion chains all the way down to the similar parks and areas of natural beauty. Scandinavia as a whole is pretty good in that sense, but of course, one of the defining features that can serve as a prime example of everything we’ve spoken about is IKEA.

At the risk of sounding too stereotypical, the crossover in nations can kind of be defined by this one store. It’s larger than life, it’s diverse, and it’s something people know.

7 Helsinki, Finland

In terms of the pace of the city and movement of life, Americans would probably feel pretty comfortable in Helsinki. There isn’t too much of a language barrier, business is at the focal point of the city, and there’s an overwhelming focus and intrigue when it comes to the local cuisine – some may even call it pride.

Architecturally speaking there are even a few buildings that you’d have to look twice at, as you may believe, if only for just a second, that you’ve been transported over to Washington D.C.

6 Berlin, Germany

It’s just so large.

Berlin is an absolutely massive city with an extraordinary amount of history behind it, both for good and bad reasons. It takes 30-35 minutes or so just to get out of the outskirts on the train, and sometimes it can even take up to an hour.

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Whether you’re young or old it really does come across as the kind of place that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all, and even if you aren’t looking for it, controversy is bound to fall at your feet somehow during your stay.

5 Liverpool, England

Once you hear the accents you may think that this argument falls apart, but there’s more to it than that. In Liverpool, you will find a distinct divide between the poor and the rich, passionate locals who have a burning passion to their city, and a style of music that is revered and appreciated throughout the entire globe.

As unique as the great Merseyside city may seem, there’s also a lot to be said for how much it mirrors the States. Specifically, Boston seems like a pretty good ‘twin’ city.

4 Benidorm, Spain

A poor man’s version of Miami would be the right kind of way to describe Benidorm, which isn’t even a popular tourist destination amongst Spaniards themselves. They feel like it gives them a poor reputation in the wider world, but from a visual perspective alone, it’ll strike a lot of Americans as being pretty familiar.

The locals there kind of act like they’re from grander and more intriguing cities, too, which is the kind of arrogance that is hard to come by.

In truth, more folks probably talk English here than they do Spanish.

3 Frankfurt, Germany

One glance at the city of Frankfurt should tell you all that you need to know. Financially speaking it is one of the primary hubs of the European market, with businesses and brands alike running a great deal of their work through Frankfurt.

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It hasn’t always been the most popular of tourist destinations and it still isn’t to this day, but it’s rare that you get to witness this kind of skyline outside of North America and the major Asian cities. Whether that’s a blessing or a curse is for the public to decide.

2 Milan, Italy

From the days of the Versaces’, rise all the way up to the present day, the art of fashion has had a devastatingly powerful impact on the city of Milan. The culture of Italy is still felt pretty strongly in certain regions, but that ‘Americanised’ vibe is quite clear to see – especially on the primary shopping streets.

Anyone who is anyone has been there in order to witness it for themselves, and it almost comes across as a ‘little brother’ of the States. It’s cliché, but it’s certainly the truth.

1 Rotterdam, Netherlands

There’s no Old Town in Rotterdam, which tends to be one of the integral features of a niche, traditional European city. It almost feels as if it has been picked up from the Midwest and placed directly into the middle of the Netherlands, as if it doesn’t really belong.

The prices of flights tend to echo that thought process, with Skyscanner quoting a return price to and from London of around $185. That doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but over in Europe, that’s incredibly pricey and you won’t find many travelers who would pay it.

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