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Ethnic Heritage Towns

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America is often called the Land of Opportunity and has attracted cultures from around the globe dating back to its pre-Colonial days. Since that time, numerous immigrant communities have established their own cultural enclaves across the country, each offering its own unique international flavor and flair.

Jim Richardson, Photographer

Lindsborg, Kansas

What do Handel’s “Messiah,” International Waffle Day and St. Lucia have in common? Lindsborg, Kansas. Located approximately 195 miles from Kansas City and 230 miles from Oklahoma City, Lindsborg — population 3,500 — is widely recognized as “Little Sweden, USA.”

Photo Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Miami’s Little Havana, Florida

Don’t be fooled by the diminutive in the name Little Havana. This Cuban gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean is big on history and authentic experiences, making it one of the most distinctive heritage tourism destinations in the country.

Photo Provided by Pella Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pella, Iowa

Located in America’s Heartland just 40 miles southeast of Des Moines, Pella is “America’s Dutch Treasure.” Established in 1847 by Dutch immigrants, Pella is a close-knit, rural community with approximately 10,300 people.

Photo Credit: Dan Irving

Holland, Michigan

Nestled along the shores of Lake Macatawa 150 miles from Chicago and 170 miles from Detroit, Holland, a city of 34,000, also exudes the authentic flavor and flair of the Netherlands.

These four distinctive ethnic destinations are worthwhile additions to your group travel itinerary — no passport required. Read more.


Originally published in Going on Faith on The Group Travel Leader Inc., a Lexington, Kentucky-based publishing company that currently owns and publishes four national travel industry publications.
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