1. Leavenworth, Washington
Back in the 1960s, the economy of the Central Washington town of Leavenworth was struggling after the largest employer had left town. How could this sleepy Central Washington town be saved? Well, by turning it into a Bavarian village, of course! Taking its cue from another famous Bavarian-themed town, Solvang, California, Leavenworth transformed itself into what it is today. It’s now home to some delightfully kitschy architecture and one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in the nation.