A timeless example of the American main street, this revitalized historic shopping and entertainment district in downtown Florence is also home to the popular First Fridays arts and music street fair.
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Once an infamous red light district, the historic Creek Street is a boardwalk built on wood pilings over the Ketchikan Creek. No longer a seedy haunt, it is now home to a unique mix of restaurants, shops, and a museum that tells the story of its sordid past.
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Congress Street is the cultural hub of Tucson. Home to restaurants, theaters, and shops, the street is dotted with historic buildings such as Hotel Congress, which was once the hideout of Depression-era gangster John Dillinger.
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This colorful street is full of galleries, boutiques and music venues, including George’s Majestic Lounge, the oldest club in Arkansas. The street is also the headquarters of the annual Bikes, Blues & Barbecue rally, one of the largest motorcycle meet-ups the nation.
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As the oldest street in Denver, Larimer Square has seen decades of change—from its frontier town beginnings, to its decline after the 1893 Silver Crash, to the bustling commercial hub it is today.
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Lewes claims to be "The First Town in The First State," and historic Second Street is an essential part of the town’s cultural fabric. The street is lined with antique shops, boutiques, and gift shops that are second to none.
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Not to be confused with Atlanta's 71 other streets named after Georgia's unofficial state tree, Peachtree Street is home to prominent landmarks and historic architecture. Another claim to fame? Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone With the Wind" in this very spot.
This prestigious waterfront street is lined with mansions and stunning ocean views on the southern part of the island. The street has recently seen some rebirth after a controversial Japanese billionaire sold several of his properties, many of which had fallen to ruin.
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This famed street is home to such iconic Chicago spots as the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, the Chicago Water Tower, and Magnificent Mile shopping district. Originating on the shores of Lake Michigan in the north, the 12-mile street runs downtown and extends into the South Side neighborhood.
Washington Street is an east–west thoroughfare in Indianapolis that passes local landmarks such as the Indianapolis Zoo and White River State Park. The street runs over the White River, and also under the glass-domed Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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This winding street challenges San Francisco’s Lombard Street for the title of “crookedest street in the world.” Built in 1894 to emulate the vineyard paths of Europe, the brick pavers were laid at an angle to give horses better footing as they descended the steep hill.
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Named by settlers from New England and known to locals as “Mass Street,” this street is home to many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as new shops, restaurants, and music venues that make it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kansas.
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This downtown entertainment corridor has seen decades of transformation and revitalization. Stretching seven blocks south from the Ohio River, the street features new commercial developments alongside historic hotels and a library with grounds designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
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This famous street in New Orleans' French Quarter dates back to 1798 and is known for frenetic nightlife, strip clubs, music venues—and, of course, the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Originally serving as an access road for 18th-century farmers, Congress Street continues to be Portland’s main street. Decades of development initiatives have resulted in a mix of historic structures and architecturally-diverse buildings from in the Federal, International, and Postmodern styles.
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Splitting the east and west parts of Baltimore, Charles Street is a National Scenic Byway. The 12-mile road runs through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor neighborhood, and showcases 19th-century buildings untouched by the Great Fire of 1904.
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This cobblestone street in the picturesque Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill is said to be one of the most photographed streets in the country. Now one of the most elite addresses in the city, Acorn Street hearkens back to Boston's working-class colonial days.
Woodward Avenue runs north from the Detroit river through the heart of downtown. Several important landmarks are located on the street, including Hart Plaza, the Guardian Building, and The Spirit of Detroit statue. The road turns into state highway M-1, and reflects Detroit’s automotive industry and cruising culture.
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Known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, the small town of Tupelo has put a great deal of effort into revitalizing its main downtown street, resulting in a charming crop of local businesses that see a boost in business around the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which brings thousands of visitors every year.
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Designed by a German landscape architect in the early 1900s, The Paseo is a 10-mile boulevard lined with parkland. Built for “pleasure drives” inside the city, the street shows off the bluffs and natural contours of Kansas City, and several Beaux-Arts-style structures provide extra scenic beauty.
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When the city of Helena was founded during the gold rush of the 1860s, this thoroughfare was created to provide access to a gold mining gulch. Today the road is home to a commercial district lined with shops, galleries, and restaurants that are rich with history.
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Once a wagon trail in a frontier town, this very long street has a very short name. At 59 miles long, O Street claims to being the longest straight Main Street in the world.
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This 4.2 mile stretch of “Sin City” is densely packed with hotels, casinos, and entertainment venues. Known for its extravagance, over-the-top architecture, and bright lights, the Las Vegas strip is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.
This half-mile stretch of road, nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, boasts more than a hundred galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and adobe-style architecture.
One of New York City's most famous streets, Broadway runs from the southern tip of Manhattan northward to the Bronx and continues for miles outside of the city. The most famous stretch of road is located in the eponymous theater district that includes the iconic Times Square.
This street in Raleigh’s downtown central business district was converted to a pedestrian mall in 1977, and then converted back to a vehicular street in 2006 as part of a revitalization effort that has created a booming commercial area full of shops and restaurants.
This stretch of downtown Fargo is beloved for its many local shops and restaurants, as well as for the artful sidewalks and intersections, which are dotted with mosaics and granite designs.
Dividing the east and west sides of the city, Vine Street bisects downtown Cincinnati and the neighboring Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Notable attractions along the way include the Cincinnati Zoo, Fountain Square, and the University of Cincinnati.
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Now part of the hip Tulsa Arts District, Cheyenne Avenue was once an industrial area that served the nearby railroad. Over the past few decades the area has morphed into a vibrant mix of bars, restaurants, museums and art establishments.
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This street lined with Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts has been a popular shopping destination for years. Now, national retail chains and local businesses mix to create an eclectic commercial area in Portland’s thriving Northwest District.
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Market Street, originally known as High Street, is one of the most famous roads in the country for its role in American history: It was here that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and Benjamin Franklin conducted his famous kite-flying experiment.
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This elite street is home to enormous vacation homes for the wealthiest American families of the 20th century. Many of these Gilded-Age mansions, such as the Vanderbilt summer home known as “The Breakers” are now open to the public for tours.
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The most famous fixtures of this Charleston street are the colorful Georgian row houses known as Rainbow Row. The houses constitute the largest surviving example of this style of 18th-century architecture in America. According to local folklore they were painted different colors to help drunk sailors and illiterate slaves tell the buildings apart.
Main Street is best known as the site of the massive Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an annual occurrence since 1938, as well as The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. The street has a new look after a recent streetscape project cleaned up its sidewalks, roads, and landscaping.
This bustling nightlife district, also known as Dirty Sixth, is filled with bars and music venues. The street is transformed into a pedestrian-only road on weekends, is the site of various music and film festivals such as South by Southwest.
The buildings along Beverly Street offer an eclectic mix of architecture styles from the 19th and 20th centuries that tell a story of the town’s growth. Although the area experienced a period of decline in the 1990s, it has since been revitalized with new shops, restaurants, art galleries, and a Shakespearean playhouse.
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Known locally as “The Ave” this commercial district's proximity to the University of Washington campus makes it a favorite with students who are attracted to its offbeat shops and eateries. The street is also known for its counterculture, and has a significant youth homeless population.
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This destination in the heart of the Downtown Charleston Historic District, known for its shops and restaurants, is one of the most popular parts of the city, spanning several blocks from the Kanawha River.
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