Whether they draw people for the sites or they are the site to see, here are the 10 famous streets to fly to, drive on, or run down on your next vacation.
Streets that Make a Spectacle
Some streets are just famous for being famous. Here are the streets that are home to tourist attractions that skyrocketed their fame.
Broadway, one the oldest streets in the United States, cuts down the island of Manhattan, passing right into the world’s greatest theater district. This major thoroughfare was nicknamed The Great White Way after a headline in the New York Evening Telegram. The nickname referred to the theater marquees and billboard advertisements that illuminated the street.
Although this street runs 13 miles through Manhattan, most tourists come to see the commercial intersection of Times Square and Midtown Manhattan, where most of the famous Broadway theaters are located.
Abbey Road was made famous thanks to the iconic image on the cover of the Beatles final and best-selling album, Abbey Road. Photographer Iain Macmillan only had 10 minutes to snap the photo of the boys crossing the road. This shot has become the most imitated album photo in history.
Hollywood Boulevard, also known as The Walk of Fame, is a star-studded tourist attraction. The street itself is paved with the names of celebrities, directors, musicians, and producers of the past and present. People gather here to see all those who have been commemorated for their contributions to the world of entertainment.
Over 2,500 brass stars stretch down 15 blocks, including fictional characters like Donald Duck and Kermit the Frog. Every year nominations are submitted for success in motion pictures, broadcast television, audio recording, broadcast radio, and theater performances. A few honorees have received more than one star for their success in multiple categories, but famous singing cowboy Gene Autry is the only person who has a received a star for all five!
Wall Street is home to the world’s largest stock exchange, which is headquartered in the heart of the historical financial district of Lower Manhattan. This street is not even a mile long, but has become a significant landmark due to the volume of trade done daily at the New York Stock Exchange, located here. The name Wall Street is now a synonymous term used to describe the United States financial markets as a whole.
Las Vegas Boulevard, usually referred to as the Las Vegas Strip, this is home to the world’s largest hotels and casinos. Full of bright lights, billboards, rides, and recreation. This spectacle is tailored to adult tourists who come to gamble, dance, dine, drink, and be entertained. And the city lightheartedly promises that whatever happens there-stays there.
Gravity Hill isn’t a specific road, but the phenomenon has people so mystified that it’s still worth noting. These sloped streets appear to defy the laws of physics: the land creates an optical illusion that makes a slight downhill slope look like an uphill slope.
Objects that surround the streets, like leaning trees and obstructions to the horizon, contribute to the optical illusion. Tourists can spot gravity hills in several countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, and Mexico.
The World’s Most . . .
Some streets are tourist sites in and of themselves. Here are some streets that hold world records:
Lombard Street is the world’s most crooked street. Located near another famous road in San Francisco, Hyde Street, this steep road has 7 sharp turns, keeping cars from going above 5 mph. This bizarre red brick-paved street is lush with flowers and offers a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay.
Bayshore Boulevard is a gorgeous waterfront road in South Tampa, Florida. It’s home to the longest sidewalk in the world, stretching over 4 continuous miles, with a 3 mile bike lane, and scenic views of the city of Tampa. Many locals and tourists use this sidewalk for exercise and recreation-enjoying a morning jog by Hillsborough Bay.
Ebenezer Place is the world’s shortest street, not even 7 feet long. Located in Scotland and built in the 1800’s, this street is home to only one house . . . Number 1 Ebenezer Place. You wouldn’t have any neighbors living in this pad, but no one will get lost trying to find you.
Pan-American Highway is the world’s longest highway, linking 15 nations together! It stretches from the top of Alaska, through most of Canada, crosses the United States into Mexico, over the Panama Canal, all along the coast of South America until reaching the very tip where it ends in Ushuaia, Argentina. No road is quite like this one. You can pass every ecological climate and be exposed to dozens of different cultures on a trip down this 30,000-mile highway.
The way is paved; all you need is your map. Grab some friends and set out to make your next stop at one of these famous streets!
You’ll never forget these sights.