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America's Greatest Main Streets

America's greatest main streets: Paducah, KY

Andre Jenny / Alamy

Paducah, KY

In August 2000, Paducah began offering incentives to artists willing to relocate to downtown’s Victorian houses. It was a key step in Main Street’s comeback and helped create a thriving community built around the arts. As you stroll, look for the Floodwall Murals depicting local history and the Art a la Cart program in which artists periodically set up workstations on the sidewalk. Galleries, small independent shops, and festivals round out the Main Street experience.

Worth a Stop: The National Quilt Museum, with rotating exhibitions of contemporary and antique masterpieces, plus hands-on classes.

—Joshua Pramis

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