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Take a Spring Stroll on These Famous Streets

4/10/2014 8:00:47 AM

Whether they're known for prime people watching or retail therapy, there are some streets in the world that are simply destinations in themselves. Which ones have you strolled down?

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Broadway, New York

There are many Broadways all over the world (including several in New York alone), but Manhattan's is the one that inspired the song, as well as played host to many musicals in its heyday. Dating back to the settlement of New Amsterdam at the tip of modern day Manhattan, Broadway is the oldest north-south street in the city, and cuts through the grid creating squares (Union Square, Madison Square, Herald Square, Times Square, etc.) wherever it crosses an avenue.

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Champs-Élysées, Paris

When Louis XIV called for this lengthy stretch of fields west of the Tuileries Gardens to be developed into a proper tree-lined avenue, he couldn't have known how tony its modern iteration would eventually become. Officially named the Champs-Élysées in the early 18th century, this long and wide avenue was quickly embraced as ground zero for wealthy merchandising. And its proximity to the Grand and Petit Palais and the Arc de Triomphe has secured its place as the most popular parade route in Paris.

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Pacific Coast Highway, California

Otherwise known as California State Route 1, this 655-mile highway isn't the fastest way to get from one end of California to the other, but it's hands-down the most beautiful. Initially constructed to connect the gorgeously rugged Big Sur region of central California to the rest of the state, the highway opened in the late 1930s and has been the vehicle for iconic west coast road trips ever since.

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