20 Most Beautiful Main Streets in America
There’s nothing better than strolling down a cute main street in a new town. But where should you go? Here are 20 of the most beautiful main streets in America.
One of the many towns that has been compared to Gilmore Girls‘ Stars Hollow is Kent, Connecticut. It has the same main street appeals, including locally owned stores and town events and festivals. Twinkly lights wrap around charming inns on Kent’s main street, giving off a cozy New England vibe. These are the nicest places in every state in America.
Frederick is the third-largest city in Maryland and its views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the major attractions. The beautiful main avenue, Market Street, is another. The hip-meets-historic vibe of the main street features churches and shops like The North Market Pop Shop, which sells 400 types of vintage sodas.
Conforming to the shape of the Galena River, Galena’s Main Street offers visitors access to a riverfront walkway. The architecture is in the Italianate style, with brick storefronts and bay windows. Trolley cars bring visitors and locals alike to nearby wineries. A three-hour drive from Chicago, Galena is a great place for a riverside journey, especially at the DeSoto House Hotel, which has hosted guests like Ulysses S. Grant since 1855. Check out the funniest street names in every state.
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Known as the White Rose City, York has seen a revitalized main street in the past few decades. Market Street is filled with local businesses setting up shop in Victorian and Classical Revival style buildings, and on the first Friday of each month, the shops stay open late to bring visitors together. One of the major attractions on Market Street is the Central Market, which has been in business since 1754.
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Within the family-friendly neighborhood, Ridgewood’s main street is densely packed with a movie theater and numerous boutique shops and restaurants. East Ridgewood Avenue is the main artery, connecting the downtown historic district to modern accommodations. Some standout structures are the late-18th-century Archibald-Vroom House—the oldest building in the village—and the sprawling California Mission Revival-style train station, where commuters can get into midtown Manhattan within an hour. The train station dates back to 1916 and is listed on the national and state Register of Historic Places.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Halfway between St. Louis and Memphis, Cape Girardeau gives tired visitors a great place to stay the night—or two. A winner of the Great American Main Street Award, the river town blends historic charm with modern technology, and some of the shops on the main street have been in business for more than 75 years. The city has 57 registered structures on the National Register of Historic Places, along with a creative corridor that boasts public art and a children’s museum. This is how every state in America got its name.
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Located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Covington offers a revitalized Main Street to visitors and locals. Anchored by the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, Main Street offers a mix of Midwestern and Southern charm in an area that is seeing an influx of independent businesses. Brimming with beautiful Italianate brick buildings and public art, Covington’s Main Street is a great day trip.
For a historic weekend, look no further than Howell, Michigan. Many of the buildings have not been changed since the city was incorporated in 1863, and the Italianate buildings dot the street. Two high Victorian façades, a Victorian Gothic church, a modified English Gothic Church, a Tudor Revival office building, and the original Opera House are some architectural standouts. The main street has more than 40 specialty retailers and restaurants, and it is also the location for many events and festivals throughout the year. With initiatives to encourage residents to buy local, this main street offers both charm and neighborly values.
Bath, Maine, looks like what you would imagine a cozy New England town to be. Gardens, brick buildings, and church spires dot the main street, along with a variety of businesses and outdoor spaces. The buildings are a mix of Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, late Federal and Greek Revival style, with some notable buildings like the Sagadahoc County Courthouse, an Empire-style building designed by Francis Fassett in 1869. A walking tour of the city is available, a good way to keep your spirits high during your trip.