10 Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll

10 Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll

10 Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll

by Lena N. Katz, Special for USA TODAY                     

The South is known for its old-fashioned beauty and genteel charm; for graceful live oaks and drooping Spanish moss covering old stone and brick; for historic homes set on manicured grounds; for quaint shopping streets where women in petticoats and parasols wouldn't look out of place wandering down the sidewalk. Locals take pains to preserve their most historic streets and the very special sense of place created over centuries. Here are 10 that are pretty enough to star in pictures, and tourist-friendly to boot....

South Boundary, Aiken, S.C.
The spectacular old avenue of oaks arcing above South Boundary Avenue gives Aiken beauty-bragging rights over all of its neighbors. Along South Boundary, horse farms thrive as they have for a hundred years, and historic homes hearken back to the post-Civil War "Winter Colony Era." If you look past the oak arch, you'll find that South Boundary leads to Hitchcock Woods, a 2100-acre urban forest. Magnolia trees and cedars, orchids and honeysuckle, resurrection ferns and touch-me-nots are just a few of the hundreds of species thriving in this forest.

Other streets listed include:

Prytania Street, New Orleans, La.

King Street, Alexandria, Va.

Jones Street, Savannah, Ga.

Broad Street, Rome, Ga.

Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

Main Street, Jonesborough, Tenn.

North Boulevard, Houston, Texas

Third Street South, Naples, Fla.

Spring Street, Eureka Springs, Ark.

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