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Main Street

Where: Galena, Illinois

Galena’s Main Street epitomizes small town America. Just three hours outside Chicago, 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 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

January 2, 2014

Friendly neighbors, family-run businesses, and quaint restaurants serving comforting diner fare—these are the images conjured up by the phrase “Main Street USA.” 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, neighboring cities. Here are our picks for America’s best main streets.

By Emily Wasserman