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Top 21 Most European Cities in the US

St. Augustine Lighthouse - St. Augustine, Florida-flickr-Dougtone
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15. St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine holds the distinction for being the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States that was established by Europeans. The city was founded in 1565 by Spanish colonists, although the area was previously settled by the French. The city’s history has been a tumultuous one and, as we have learned, history often results in a rather European atmosphere of a city. This is definitely true for St. Augustine.

Perhaps the best place to experience all this history and to feel that Euro ambiance is in the city’s historic center (think St. George Street) with its colonial architecture complemented by historic buildings from all the various periods in city’s history. The city’s historic center, which has also played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement, is a major tourist destination.

In addition to some of the most incredible historic architecture, the city of St. Augustine also boasts a somewhat European style of life which values arts and culture, as well as finer things in life.

Think less hustle and bustle than your average American city.

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