If you just can't make it to Bavaria, Leavenworth, WA is much closer and doesn't require a passport ... explore German inspired shops & restaurants, plus the Cascade mountains for hiking, rock climbing, biking and skiing. Especially wonderful at Oktoberfest and the Christmas Festival of Lights | photo by Connie Coleman/Getty Images
Leavenworth, Washington. Want a Bavarian experience without using your passport? The entire town center is modeled on a Bavarian village. Spend time exploring the German shops and restaurants and afterwards, head to the mountains for hiking, rock climbing, biking and skiing.