America’s Greatest Main Streets

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Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America.

Fort Pierce, FL

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In 2004, two back-to-back hurricanes hit this town just about an hour north of West Palm Beach, ravaging the historic City Hall and the 1923 Sunrise Theatre. Despite the setback, the community rallied to rebuild this waterfront neighborhood of palm-tree-lined sidewalks—winning a 2011 Best Main Street designation from the National Trust for its efforts. For a dose of small-town charm, swing by restored P. P. Cobb General Store or the Fort Pierce Jazz Society’s Saturday Arts & Crafts Market.

Worth a Stop: Fully renovated to its former glory, the 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre hosts live music and comedy acts that pair nicely with dinner downtown.

—Lyndsey Matthews

America’s Greatest Main Streets

Fort Pierce, FL

In 2004, two back-to-back hurricanes hit this town just about an hour north of West Palm Beach, ravaging the historic City Hall and the 1923 Sunrise Theatre. Despite the setback, the community rallied to rebuild this waterfront neighborhood of palm-tree-lined sidewalks—winning a 2011 Best Main Street designation from the National Trust for its efforts. For a dose of small-town charm, swing by restored P. P. Cobb General Store or the Fort Pierce Jazz Society’s Saturday Arts & Crafts Market.

Worth a Stop: Fully renovated to its former glory, the 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre hosts live music and comedy acts that pair nicely with dinner downtown.

—Lyndsey Matthews

Jeff Greenberg / Alamy
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