Retirees have the advantage of being able to travel more than most. If you’re searching for a relatively inexpensive getaway, consider traveling to your nearest Main Street. Here are five of our favorites.
Located two and half hours south of Washington, D.C., this town of 22,000 boasts five National Historic Districts, Victorian architecture, shops, and restaurants. It is also home to the American Shakespeare Center and the Woodrow Wilson birthplace, museum, and presidential library. Hint: you don’t pronounce the “u” in Staunton, and it’s “Main Street” is actually Beverley Street.
Known as the “City of Ships”, Bath, Maine has a long history of shipbuilding. Bath is located on the Kennebec River and listed as one of the “Best Small Cities in America”. It is also named a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its lively shops and restaurants. Bath is home to classic architecture, tree-lined downtown, and the Maine Maritime Museum.
Jacksonville is located in the middle of the state, closer to the western border…former stomping grounds of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit Jacksonville and you can opt in on a tour throughout the city of Lincoln’s involvement. In addition to a vibrant Main Street there are several museums, including the Prairie Land Heritage Museum, the Heritage Cultural Museum, and very popular Underground Railroad driving tour.
Enjoy the simple pleasures of small town life in Russellville. The city was recently awarded a Main Street award (2011) for its ongoing efforts to revitalize their downtown. Currently the town is filled with independently owned businesses and regular community events, such as Art Walk. Enjoy a visit to nearby Lake Dardanelle State Park, too.
Residents of Steamboat like to say “Come for the winter…stay for the summer!”. This Main Street is particularly busy and popular during snowbird season with skiing, ATV trips, dog sledding and other outdoor activities. Warm weather events include hiking and biking. With all that activity you’ll want to unwind. Luckily there are plenty of places to relax and eat in downtown Steamboat Springs!
When you’re looking for a quick vacation look no further than exploring an unfamiliar Main Street. You’ll enjoy the thrill of discovery and some of the best budget-conscious entertainment available.