15 streets in the US that tourists love but locals hate

Broadway Street in Nashville, Tennessee, is known for busy honky-tonk bars and crowds galore.

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Broadway Street in Nashville, Tennessee, is known for busy honky-tonk bars and crowds galore.
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  • Tourists from all over the world love to flock to iconic streets throughout the US – the same streets that locals avoid at all costs.
  • Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Fifth Avenue in New York City are constantly congested with crowds of people.
  • Whether you are going for a photo op, street performers, or shopping, these classic streets promise a lot of excitement … as long as you don’t live there.
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Lined with plenty of restaurants, bars, vendors, and street performers, these iconic streets always attract a crowd. Travelers looking for excitement and a taste of a new culture love to flock to these hot spots across the US, but usually, locals try to stay away.

While it is always encouraged to take a less traveled route, sometimes you just want to revel in the classic sightseeing and follow the crowd. In that case, here are 15 iconic streets that tourists love.


Any tourist visiting New Orleans makes sure to spend a day (which usually blends into the night) on Bourbon Street.

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Revelers walk along Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Head to the iconic spot to drink hurricanes and jumbo-sized frozen daiquiris while throwing beads off balconies.

Unless you’re a local, that is.


Broadway Street in Nashville, Tennessee, is filled with lit-up honky-tonk bars perfect for tourists looking to have a toe-tapping, rowdy night.

Broadway Street in Nashville, Tennessee, is known for busy honky-tonk bars and crowds galore.

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Broadway Street is always lit up and loud.
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But Lower Broadway is just too crowded for locals.


The iconic shopping hub of Manhattan is Fifth Avenue — but New Yorkers do their best to keep away.

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Shoppers and pedestrians walk past stores on Fifth Avenue on Black Friday.
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The area is known to be flooded with tourists hauling large shopping bags and weaving in and out of department stores.


But Broadway and 42nd Street (aka Times Square) in New York City is even busier.

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Crowds swarm Times Square even in the hot summer temperatures.
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Tourists come from all over the world for a photo op with the bright lights and strange mascots roaming the streets – while locals stay far, far away.


The Vegas Strip, also known as South Las Vegas Boulevard, is filled with tourists heading from one casino to the next.

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Tourists walk along Las Vegas Strip.
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It’s a hectic scene that locals try to avoid at all costs.


Further west, on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, tourists push through crowds to get their photos next to the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Tourists flock to TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
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Locals don’t even go near it.


Along the coast is Ocean Front Walk in Venice, California, where tourists stroll along the beach and take in the strange vendors and street performers.

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Tourists flood the sunny Venice boardwalk.
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It’s a loud scene that locals try to stay away from.


Similarly, Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida, is jam-packed with restaurants, bars, and over-the-top street performances.

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Ocean Drive at night.
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It’s too bright and flashy for many locals.


Although much tamer than others, Main Street in Park City, Utah, is still an iconic spot during winter ski season.

As tourists slip and slide down the steep street in the freezing cold temperatures, locals are nowhere to be seen.


A must-see when visiting Washington, DC, is Pennsylvania Avenue.

It’s filled with school groups year-round, making the street congested and disrupting views of the iconic monuments.


Lombard Street in San Francisco is known as the world’s most crooked street, and tourists love to flock there for a photo.

In a city filled with beautiful architecture, there are quieter streets with the exact same views.


Castro Street in San Francisco is also iconic, but it’s often congested.

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Supporters of same-sex marriage fill the streets in the Castro district.
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It’s where protestors convene, and where tourists travel to see part of the city’s history.


Rodeo Drive in California is a hot spot for tourists wanting a taste of luxury.

The endless traffic makes this street less than ideal for any local looking to shop.


Tourists love to flock to Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, known to be in the background of so many iconic movies.

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The Sunset Boulevard strip is one big photo opportunity.
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But again – expect traffic.


Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, is always filled with tourists hauling around their shopping bags and stopping to take photos.

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Michigan Avenue can get freezing, but that won’t deter tourists from a day of shopping.
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In the cold winter months, no local wants to get stuck in that crowd.