Destination Main Streets

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Shops and restaurants line Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.
Shops and restaurants line Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.

Why Destination Main Streets? We hope to fill a gap left by other travel sites by bringing together a listing of all the unique walkable shopping and commercial districts in America. The neighborhoods listed here are an alternative to the ubiquitous malls and strip shopping centers we see everywhere today. We showcase main streets, downtowns, historic districts, college towns, quaint villages, funky communities, scenic antiquing destinations, beachside towns, mountain hamlets, transit-oriented developments, and other town centers that often go neglected.

To be fair, many of the destinations listed on this site get plenty of attention (such as Annapolis and Gettysburg). But others are waiting to be discovered like a diamond in the rough on this site (think St. Michaels in Maryland or Shepherdstown in West Virginia).

So why not? With all of the fun shopping, attractions, and dining available at many of these destinations, they're only a car trip away. Featured here are Main Streets where you can spend the day shopping in unique stores, or sipping coffee at a sidewalk cafe while people watching. They're real places with a sense of community, something truly lacking in our world of suburban sprawl and ubiquitous chains.

You won't find many chains at these destinations. Instead you'll find boutiques and shops selling unique items not found at your average mall, such as hand made crafts and antiques. Sure, you can probably find anything you want on the Internet these days, but the fun is in the hunt. Besides it's all about the journey and not the destination. Most of these places are at the end of a scenic drive through mountain vistas, rural coastal plains, or funky city neighborhoods. And speaking of the hunt, feel free to hunt through this site, exploring any of the towns and communities you haven't yet visited or even knew existed.

Many shops in Manayunk, Pennsylvania are known for their home furnishings.
Many shops in Manayunk, Pennsylvania are known for their home furnishings.

But we've only just started. Right now we cover Maryland and parts of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and California. Soon, we will cover other parts of these states as well as North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

If you would like to see a Main Street covered here, please let us know. Go to the Contact Us page to send us an email. Send a brief description of the Main Street along with any other information you think would be helpful, including location and, if possible, links to the Main Street's website.

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To send us any correspondence, corrections, or questions go to the Contact Us page and drop us a line. Thank you.