Silver City, New Mexico
Underawesternsky/Shutterstock Vibrant and so-very southwest, Silver City’s main street is a colorful array of restaurants, galleries, studios, and shops. Listed as one of the 100 Best Art Towns in America, the main street features some of the 50 murals woven throughout the city. The newly renovated historic Silco Theater, which was built in 1923, is one of the major theater landmarks in the city. A few other theaters make up the Theater District, with some undergoing renovations. The city has also hosted its annual Lighted Christmas Show since 1991, which displays impressive lighted floats and brings around 12,000 people to the main street each year.
Charleston, South Carolina
f11photo/Shutterstock Teaming with Southern charm, Charleston is brimming with beautiful homes and gardens along its charming avenues. History buffs will particularly enjoy Chalmers Street, one of only eight remaining cobblestone streets in the city. It also features the Old Slave Mart Museum, a massive structure where enslaved people were sold off to work on plantations at the Antebellum Slave Auction Gallery. Now, the market serves as a meeting place for sellers to hawk their goods, and visitors can take a self-guided tour to learn about America’s history of slavery. The museum adds extra context for visitors who tour homes of plantation owners after the fact.
Ceri Breeze/Shutterstock About 120 miles from Boston by car, this Cape Cod vacation town is known for its vibrant arts scene and friendliness to the LGBT community. Commercial Street, the town’s main street, has cute buildings in the Queen Anne style to denote that the beach is nearby. Homes, bed and breakfasts, art galleries, shops, and restaurants mix seamlessly on this bustling main street.