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best main streets Galena

Main Street, Galena, Ill. Galena’s Main Street epitomizes small town America. Just three hours outside Chicago, Galena provides a retreat from urban hustle and bustle. The downtown area includes antique shops, restaurants, and boutiques—all housed in mid-19th century storefronts. Visitors can browse the work of local artists at the street’s art galleries or stop by the DeSoto House Hotel for a breakfast or lunch buffet. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy Galena’s old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Guests can choose from more than 40 flavors of ice cream and sample old-fashioned sodas, floats, malts, and shakes.  
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America's best main streets

Friendly neighbors, family-run businesses, and quaint restaurants serving comforting diner fare—these are the images the phrase “Main Street USA” conjures up. Even in this fast-paced era, many small towns have held onto their historic roots and preserved their central thoroughfares. From a harbor town on the west coast with ornate Victorian architecture to Key West’s colorful Duval Street, visitors can find unique cultural attractions and warm, welcoming communities in small towns across the country. A few steps along each of these main streets prove that small-town America is alive and well—and can hold its own against larger cities. Here are our picks for America’s best main streets. | By Emily Wasserman, Fodor’s

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