Celebrating America's Top Main Streets

Writing in Travel + Leisure, Wayne Curtis surveys 15 of America's greatest Main Streets.

Curtis celebrates the small town main streets that have a unique and vibrant character, exemplified through interesting architecture and local flavor, in contrast to America's "commercial thicket of the same old fast-food outlets and big-box stores."

Travel + Leisure based their findings on the places celebrated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Great American Main Streets Awards and by the American Planning Association's Great Places in America: Streets.

According to Curtis, "You'll find these great Main Streets across the U.S., from mining towns like Silver City, NM, to stately, red-brick Staunton, VA. Yet our list does skew east of the Mississippi, favoring towns that were established before the age of the automobile-and so display the DNA of a pedestrian and bike-friendly environment."

Recognized towns also include: Galena, IL, renowned for its "medley of brick storefronts and bayfront windows, many in an Italianate style" and Wallace, ID, which is "home to fewer than 1,000 residents, but has a tidy, enchanting downtown flanked by steep pine-studded mountains."

Full Story: America's Greatest Main Streets

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $25.
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!