America's Greatest Main Streets
Courtesy of VisitAnnArbor.org
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan students make up more than a third of the population of 113,000, which ensures a downtown full of activity. South Main Street—which has been a commercial hub since the city was laid out in 1824—was designed with pedestrian needs in mind, and offers enough brewpubs, art galleries, and delis to feed mind, body, and soul. Look up to admire the arched windows on upper floors above local retail shops.
Worth a Stop: The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is for kids who want to geek out; some 250 interactive science and technology exhibits both entertain and educate.