Sep 22, 2023

Unpopular Opinion: Travel Dupes Exist

Obviously, no two places are totally identical, but these travel twins won't dip deep into your precious PTO.

If you’re looking for walkable streets and window boxes overflowing with flowers, head to this spot. The danishes are actually Danish (get your wienerbrød at Brød & Kage and your æbleskiver at Solvang Restaurant), and the Corque Hotel's outdoor firepits will warm your hygge-loving heart. Don't leave town without shopping the very cool Scandi brands at the Copenhagen House.

Some say the snow-capped San Juan Mountains scenery is reminiscent of the Swiss Alps (it's us; we say it). The south­western Colorado town's crystal clear lakes and luxurious off-the-grid huts (they even cook for you at the Red Mountain Alpine Lodge!) are definitely worthy of a yodel or two, but it's the truffles at Mouse's Chocolates & Coffee that give us that sweet Swiss bliss.

Wander around Old Port and you’ll notice the neighbor­hood's ornate theaters resemble those in London's West End. Think of the city's Time and Temperature Building as the digital Big Ben, but know the fish-and-chips at the King's Head Pub are the real British deal.

Soak up some good vibes and vino just outside of Boise, folks. You’ll peep rugged hills, Spanish-style vineyards, grazing sheep, etc. While you’re there, sip a glass of tempranillo at Indian Creek Winery and dine at Leku Ona from the Inn at 500 Capitol.

The quaint streets and riverside promenades of Old Montreal feel très Parisian—Notre-Dame Basilica included—as do the chic rooms inside Le Petit Hotel, where you’ll sip unlimited cafés au lait. Paname and Buvette Pastek have mastered French bistronomy with their hip aesthetics and swank food, and the croissants from Au Kouign-Amann are always served fresh.

If you dream of Northern Lights and icy cliffs, check out this Alaskan treasure. You might see the auroras if you’re up before the predawn fishermen, but it's way nicer to spot ’em during a late-night sauna at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. From Seward, you can book wildlife cruises, dogsledding adventures, and fishing trips…just for the halibut (it's an Alaskan joke, okay?).

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