Not all streets are created equal. Some of them are worth of travel far away to see them. Here are some of them.
The longest road on our list. Route 66 stretches from Chicago to San Francisco. In the Forties and Fifties, Route 66 was sometimes dubbed ‘America’s Main Street. Passing through many small towns in the Midwest and Southwest. Although the original trunk road was decommissioned in 1984, Historic Route 66 preserves much of the old atmosphere. Route 66 is also a tick-list of famous topographies. Including downtown Chicago, St Louis, the Grand Canyon and Santa Monica beach.
Tree-lined boulevard in eighth arrondissement in Paris is often described as the world’s most beautiful avenue. It runs for just over a mile. Linkng the Place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe in Place Charles de Gaulle. Passing through the Jardin de Champs-Élysées and its various museums and monuments. Completed in 1670, the avenue houses scores of luxury shops, cafes and theatres.
Ocean Drive, Miami
Ocean drive, from South Beach to 15th Street, is a bustling cacophony of Art Deco. Hotels glowing in neon and pastel, sidewalk cafés and tourists clamouring for a taste of the South Beach life. Lummus Park buffers the ocean with volleyball courts, outdoor workout machines and a winding path with rollerbladers and joggers whizzing by. Here, you’ll also find the Versace Mansion, where the designer was murdered.
A walk down Stradun, the main thoroughfare in Dubrovnik’s old town, is a must! Especially if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones. Most of the top attractions in city are concentrated in the car-free old town, within the medieval walls. Monumental arched gates, Pile (west) and Ploče (east), serve as entrances to the old town. They are joined by the main thoroughfare, Stradun . Off each side of Stradun there are narrow alleys (many of them steep stone steps), countless cafés, restaurants and apartments.
Broadway and Times Square, New York
The 13-mile Manhattan stretch of this street, which also runs through the borough of Bronx, is home to Times Square, which took its name from The New York Times newspaper . In 1907 the New Year’s Eve tradition, where a “ball” drops from the roof of the old Times building, began, helping make the square a natural rallying location for New Yorkers. It also, of the course, the city’s hub for theatre, cinema – and giant advertisements.
La Rambla, Barcelona
Most famous street in Barcelona is a mile-long avenue that begins at the Columbus Monument in front of the port, and ends at the Plaça Catalunya. Recent legislation means that the stalls of caged animals and birds have been replaced with upmarket souvenirs and tourist information points, but the colourful flower stalls remain, as does Miró’s pavement mosaic. Along the boulevard are the wax and erotic museums, the Palau de la Virreina information centre and exhibition space and, of course, the wonderful Boqueria food market.
Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem
Jerusalem’s most famous thoroughfare, Via Dolorosa “Way of Sorrow” , is thought to be the route Jesus took, carrying his cross, before his crucifixion. Easter is a particularly busy time for pilgrim groups to walk the route, some with heavy wooden crucifixes in tow. The Stations of the Cross along the way mark points in Jesus’ struggle
Bourbon Street, New Orleans
The standard itinerary for most first-time visitors to New Orleans , where its well known jazz festival is played out, includes locating the French Quarter. Walking down Bourbon Street and ordering a neon-coloured cocktail is also must do. Set in the centre of the city’s oldest neighbourhood, the street extends for around 13 blocks.
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s most photogenic country road, flanked by gloriously gnarled beech trees, provides the otherworldly backdrop for King’s Road, a key route through the fictional world of Westeros in the Game of Thrones.
Portobello Road, London
London has countless streets worth exploring. From the cobbles of Middle Temple Lane to the wide expanse of The Mall.
We’re plumping Portobello Road, home to one of the capital’s most famous markets. It flogs vintage clothes and antiques and dates back to 1740.
Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco
The intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco forms this historic district known as the birthplace of hippie culture. The area is also known for its “painted ladies” a collection of nearly 48,000 Victorian and Edwardian houses painting in bright colours.
Khao San Road, Bangkok
Beautiful it is not, but every trip to Bangkok should include a stroll down the city’s hectic backpacker thoroughfare. It will make visits to the city’s temples or escapes to Thailand’s islands even more rewarding.
Shijo Avenue, Kyoto
This long, narrow, pedestrianised riverside walk in Kyoto’s Gion district is where you’re likely to see geisha scuttling to work at dusk.
Spreuerhofstraße, Reutlingen, Germany
And the tiniest. Measuring around 31 centimetres at its narrowest point, and 50 centimetres at its widest, Spreuerhofstraße is said to be the world’s narrowest street. Set in Reutlingen in south-west Germany, it was built in 1727 after the surrounding area was demolished by a fire in 1726.