Readers Choice

WINNERS: Iconic American StreetsChosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best

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    #1 - Beale Street - Memphis, TN

    Music fans come to Memphis from across the globe to walk down Beale Street, a stretch of road through downtown and the birthplace of the blues. Music continues to thrive here, with many of the bars and clubs along Beale Street offering live music every night of the week.

    Photo courtesy of Dan Ball - Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    #2 - Canyon Road - Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe uniquely captures the spirit of the American Southwest, while offering visitors 400 years of history and amazing art . . . all along historic Canyon Road. The half-mile stretch of adobe buildings in Santa Fe's arts district has more than 100 galleries - many specializing in Native American arts and handicrafts - and restaurants serving Southwestern cuisine.  

    Photo courtesy of D.J. Henson

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    #3 - Worth Avenue - Palm Beach, FL

    Worth Avenue, sometimes called the Rodeo Drive of Florida, is one of the most glamorous areas of Palm Beach. The small pedestrian areas, or vias, just off the main road house nearly every luxury brand retailer a shopper could dream of. The avenue's oldest store, Kassatly's, has been in business since 1923.

    Photo courtesy of Christopher Ziemnowicz

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    #4 - Bourbon Street - New Orleans, LA

    Best known for its annual Mardi Gras antics, Bourbon Street. in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, has a history as long as storied as the city itself. The 13 blocks extending from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue are a hotspot for jazz, all-night partying, beautiful architecture and French Creole cuisine.

    Photo courtesy of Cosmo Condina and NewOrleansOnline.com

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    #5 - The Strip - Las Vegas, NV

    There's something fundamentally "American" about the dream of hitting the jackpot in Vegas -- a dream that's funded some of the nation's biggest hotels and casinos along the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard known as The Strip. In fact, many visitors to Las Vegas probably never leave this one iconic road.

    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock Images/Thinkstock

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    #6 - Lombard Street - San Francisco, CA

    San Francisco's most famous street, Lombard Street, is famously known as the most crooked street in America. Drivers must navigate ight hairpin turns, lined by colorful shrubs, flowers and townhouses, to make their way down this extremely steep hill. It's not the steepest street in the city, but with a 40-degree incline, it's certainly near the top.

    Photo courtesy of California Travel and Tourism Commission/Andreas Hub

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    #7 - Michigan Avenue - Chicago, IL

    Michigan Avenue, home to the Magnificent Mile, runs north-south through the heart of Chicago. The mile-long stretch between Oak Street and the Chicago River serves as the Windy City's cultural center, with some of its best shopping, department stores, luxury boutiques and restaurants.

    Photo courtesy of City of Chicago

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    #8 - Calle Ocho - Miami, FL

    Walk down Miami's Calle Ocho and you'll think you're in Cuba. Visitors flock to this thoroughfare running through the center of Little Havana for its authentic Cuban food, music, hand-rolled cigars and festive atmosphere.  Each spring, the street hosts the Calle Ocho Festival, the nation's biggest street party.

    Photo courtesy of Phillip Pessar

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    #9 - Beacon Street - Boston, MA

    In "America's Walking City," residents and visitors alike come to Beacon Street when they want to go for a stroll outdoors. Starting in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in central Boston and stretching west through the suburbs, Beacon Street borders the city's most famous green space, the Boston Commons.

    Photo courtesy of Rob Young

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    #10 - Ocean Drive - Miami, FL

    Palm trees, the beach, fast cars, sexy women and Art Deco buildings ... it seems all the things that make Miami famous can be found along Ocean Drive in South Beach. By day, visitors come here for the architecture and excellent collection of art museums, and by night, the young and beautiful come to see and be seen.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Wolf | Photography

Beale Street voted "Favorite Iconic American Street"

Canyon Road, Worth Avenue, Bourbon Street, The Strip also in top 10

America has voted and it appears that great entertainment and world-class shopping play a part in our readers' collective passion for iconic American streets.  

Memphis' famed Beale Street took top honors in the four-week-long contest, and two other entertainment Meccas joined it on the winners list: New Orleans' legendary Bourbon Street and The Strip in Las Vegas.  

The 10 Winners of Favorite Iconic American Street are as follows:

  1. Beale Street - Memphis, TN
  2. Canyon Road - Santa Fe, NM
  3. Worth Avenue - Palm Beach, FL
  4. Bourbon Street - New Orleans, LA
  5. The Strip - Las Vegas, NV
  6. Lombard Street - San Francisco, CA
  7. Michigan Avenue - Chicago, IL
  8. Calle Ocho - Miami, FL
  9. Beacon Street - Boston, MA
  10. Ocean Drive - Miami, FL

If this seems like a perfect travel list to undertake . . . we agree. Congratulations to all our winners!  These iconic streets, and the cities in which they're found, have a special place in the hearts of our readers.   Find travel guides for each of these 10 cities here

A full field of 20 nominees was selected by a panel of experts for this Readers' Choice contest category, and then shared with voters.  To learn more about Readers' Choice, or to vote in current contests, go to www.10best.com/awards/travel/.

10Best is a division of USA TODAY Travel Media Group.  The 10Best Readers' Choice contest is promoted on 10Best, USA TODAY and across various media, including some owned by Gannett.  

 

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Meet the Experts

Libby McMillan

A longtime travel journalist, 10Best Senior Editor Libby McMillan has been to nearly all 50 states and most of America's great cities.  She has set foot on all but 2 of the 20 streets nominated for this category and says it would be tough to name a personal favorite . . . unless she were playing Monopoly.    

 

Maggie Tuten

10Best Editor Maggie Tuten travels around the world each day, while pushing out assignments and editing copy to over 100 travel writers. Her take on iconic American streets is that they're very much like the biggest celebrities in the world - their names stand alone!  

Lydia Schrandt

10Best editor Lydia Schrandt has traveled throughout the US, Europe, Asia and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador and Colombia. She currently resides in Buenos Aires, and always gets a kick out of hearing iconic American streets referenced in conversations thousands of miles from home.   

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