We recognize that America has experienced internal rifts and unprecedented circumstances like never before in 2020. During a difficult year, marked by a global pandemic that’s taking its toll on every aspect of our everyday lives, as well as keeping us from experiencing travel the way we used to, it’s time to remember, celebrate and rediscover the incredible diversity and amazing mosaic of international cultures that has made America all of what it is today. We believe that what unites Americans is ultimately stronger than what divides us and that travel, even if only domestic, and the experience of different cultures, have a restorative role to play in bringing us closer together.
While international travel may not be an option for many of us at the moment, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on discovering new experiences and cultures from around the globe, right in your own backyard.
Colourful wall art in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood
Exploring beyond the horizon is central to our common American identity and we hope these experiences make it easier for all to set out on a journey to embrace all the country has to offer, when it is safe, and show the world how travel can help bring us together even when we feel so far apart. We may not be able to travel far but even the shortest trips can bridge the widest divides.
America Is For Everyone spotlight
To kickstart your journey, we’ve found 10 eclectic accommodations across the U.S. that celebrate a selection of the countless cultures and communities that have shaped the nation we live in today. For two-night stays on November 20 – 21, 2020, each accommodation will provide a custom-designed and safety-first itinerary, so you can enjoy authentic meals, historical tours and more unforgettable experiences. This limited offer starts on November 16, 2020 at 12:00PM EST and is exclusive to Booking.com*.
Vietnam: Factors Row in New Orleans, LA
A trip to New Orleans will have you feeling like you’ve landed in Hanoi
During the 1970s, New Orleans welcomed thousands of Vietnamese people. In this Louisiana city that’s already a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, the Vietnamese community quickly made its mark; a visit to the New Orleans East neighborhood is a great way to experience this cultural heritage, shopping at the famous Vietnamese Farmers Market and sampling some of the city’s excellent traditional Vietnamese food – such as bánh mì, known locally as the ‘Vietnamese po-boy’. Stay in luxury apartments, Factors Row, to be in the center of all the best Vietnamese restaurants and culture.
Ethiopia: Hampton Inn in Silver Spring, MD
Stay in the heart of the vibrant Downtown Silver Spring
In Silver Spring, MD, the local community celebrates Ethiopian traditions through aromatic cuisine and cultural events, and champions the achievements of today’s generation of African-American artists and entrepreneurs; head to Downtown Silver Spring to see colorful murals created by local artists, as well as live theater and dance. And if it’s food you’re interested in, there are plenty of Ethiopian coffee shops and restaurants that will hit the spot. After an evening of entertainment, stroll on back to the close-by Hampton Inn.
Greece: Vista Inn Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs, FL
Walk along the docks in Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Springs, FL, is a coastal city that will make you feel like you’re in the Mediterranean. This once remote city was put on the map thanks to its Greek community who started its signature natural sea sponge industry. Today, the Hellenic influence remains ever present – just stroll along Dodecanese Boulevard and you’ll spy locals congregating in coffee shops playing cards, working their komboloi (Greek worry beads) and drinking retsina wine while aromas of lamb and spanakopita from the many Greek restaurants fill the street. Stay at the waterfront Vista Inn Lake Tarpon which is a short drive to all Tarpon Springs has to offer, as well as some of the best Gulf Coast beaches.
Germany: Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, MI
You won’t miss the Bavarian Inn Lodge with its 35-bell carillon Glockenspiel imported from Germany
Located in Michigan, Frankenmuth is colloquially known as ‘Michigan’s Little Bavaria’. This charming city offers German cultural experiences, Bavarian-style architecture, authentic German cuisine and iconic German festivals such as Oktoberfest. Spend the day taking in the sights, including a stop at the Frankenmuth Historical Museum to learn about the city’s German roots. In terms of somewhere to stay, The Bavarian Inn Lodge will have you in high spirits in no time, as it’s known for its live German tunes that can be heard echoing for miles around the town.
Netherlands: Auld Holland Inn in Oak Harbor, WA
Head to the windmill to find your next stay in Oak Harbor
In 1894, Dutch settlers first arrived at Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island and the city has preserved this element of its history to this day – the Dutch-named streets and stores, iconic windmills, the tulip-laden grounds of Holland Gardens Park and the annual Holland Happening Festival are just some examples of this European influence. Pop into the Auld Holland Inn for a unique stay, thanks to its Dutch-style architecture, antique furnishings and colorful gardens.
Haiti: Cottages El Porto in Miami, FL
Book a stay at the green oasis Cottages El Porto to explore the vibrant art scene
Head to Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, which is the cultural heart of the city’s Haitian diaspora and is a celebration of all things Caribbean. You’ll discover a vibrant art scene with local galleries, museums and outdoor murals. There’s also mouthwatering Haitian food and the Little Haiti Cultural Center, where you’ll find exhibitions and instruction in traditional theater, dance, music and crafts. Before heading out to explore Little Haiti, rest up at the Cottages El Porto and take advantage of Miami’s gorgeous weather on the patio sun terrace.
India: Hyatt House in Jersey City, NJ
Head to India Square in New Jersey
The city of Jersey City, NJ, is well-known for its Indian culture, being home to several Hindu temples, streets lined with buzzing Indian grocery stores and restaurants serving traditional dishes, mostly around India Square – also known as Little Gujarat. This area also hosts Navratri festivities and an annual, color-filled spring Holi festival. Book your stay at Hyatt House, Jersey City, an extended-stay property that’ll make you feel right at home. It’s also located near India Square, so you can spend your downtime immersing yourself in the local culture.
Mexico: Hyatt House in Denver, CO
The Hyatt House, Denver is nearby the Mexican Cultural District
You’ll find Mexican influences across Denver, CO, but it's the city’s Westwood neighborhood, featuring a Mexican Cultural District that seems to be the heart of the community. The area celebrates Latino culture and supports Mexican-owned businesses with a range of Mexican restaurants, architectural features and public art, such as a mural of civil rights leader Caesar Chavez. Get settled at extended-stay hotel, Hyatt House, Denver, which also has one of the best views of the Rocky Mountain Foothills.
Japan: Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu, HI
Graze at koi swimming in the pond at the Pagoda Hotel
The fusion of Honolulu’s native heritage with Japanese culture is evident throughout the Hawaiian capital. Make your first stop the Japanese Cultural Center, where you can take courses on a variety of Japanese traditions, such as chado (the way of tea), kumihimo (Japanese braiding) and shodo (Japanese calligraphy). Next, stroll the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, which was built to mimic the shopping district of a Japanese Monzen Machi and where traditional cuisine can be sampled. Book into the Pagoda Hotel and watch koi swimming in the pond or wander around the tranquil Japanese garden complete with waterfalls.
Denmark: The Hamlet Inn in Solvang, CA
Enjoy Danish-inspired architecture and winery hopping in Solvang, CA
Solvang, CA, feels like a quaint Danish village surrounded by stunning wine country that’s peppered with half-timbered houses. Check out the local museums and attractions that pay homage to its European heritage, such the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum where you can learn more about Denmark’s master storyteller. You’ll also find many Danish bakeries to satisfy any sweet cravings. Stay at the Danish-inspired Hamlet Inn located in the center of downtown Solvang.
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