Holiday shopping can be stressful, cutthroat and, at its worst, fruitless. Sometimes the journey to the perfect present starts with an hour-long line at the mall parking garage. Talk about frustrating: You can’t take your foot off the brake, let alone step into a store. So, we decided to ditch our wheels and take to the streets on foot.
Spotting glamorous couture on waifish mannequins and gawking at this year’s holiday window displays are just two of the allures to “on-the-ground” shopping. And these come free of charge. We think picking presents should be fun, so we’ve searched far and wide for America’s best commercial boulevards. Here is what we’ve found. On these select avenues, stores are deemed historic sites, sidewalks become catwalks and shopping bags equal merit badges.