Those of us who are fans of historic preservation know that one of the things that make small towns great are the Main Streets that provide a vibrant -- and often historic -- backdrop for all manner of community activities.
This summer, participants in the Best of the Road contest learned that firsthand as they crisscrossed the United States visiting small towns to determine which were the best-of-the-best in five categories: friendliest, most patriotic, best for food, most beautiful, and most fun.
Coming as no surprise to us, three towns with active Main Street programs -- Murray, Kentucky (friendliest); Gainesville, Texas (most patriotic); and Bardstown, Kentucky (most beautiful) -- took away top honors.
If you're wondering just what it takes to be the friendliest small town in America, well ... let the citizens of Murray show you:
More videos of the winning communities can be found on the Best of the Road website.
Main Street communities also figured heavily among the finalists, including:
- San Luis Obispo, California
- Deland, Florida
Best for Food:
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Walla Walla, Washington
- Baker City, Oregon
- Danville, Kentucky
- Sedona, Arizona
- Tybee Island, Georgia
- Denton, Texas
Congratulations to the winners and the finalists in our Main Street family! (By the way -- you can read more about these great communities on our Main Street website.)