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.
Ritu Manoj Jethani/Shutterstock Known as Salt Lake City’s devious little sister, Ogden’s Historic 25th Street was once home to brothels, political scandals, and gang rivalries. Now, 25th Street brings together more than one million travelers, art collectors, and food and outdoor enthusiasts each year. The event calendar is packed, with art gallery exhibits open nearly every day and major events like Xterra USA Championship and USA Cycling Masters Road Championships taking place. Famous figures have also paraded along 25th Street, such as Presidents Taft, Hoover, and Teddy Roosevelt, along with William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. You won’t believe these funny town names are real.