Leavenworth didn't always look the way it does now. In fact, in the1960's the town decided to transform itself into a sort of American Bavaria to attract tourism. They adopted traditions like an Autumn Leaf Festival, and Christmas Lighting Festival that still continue today. Between the Cascade mountain peaks that make up the scenic backdrop, the Alpine-style buildings, and the German-inspired cuisine that's heavy on sauerkraut and bratwurst, this enclave in the Pacific Northwest feels a whole lot like a German village.
" historic buildings showcasing European-style architecture,"
Helen, GA used to be a worthwhile place to visit back in the 70's and 80's but now it just looks like a run down tourist trap.