Imagine a place where walking down a street that's like a picture-perfect postcard of small-town USA: cute shops, cozy cafes, and all sorts of cool stuff to see. Sounds like the backdrop to a movie, but scattered across the country it's a day-to-day reality.

Small-town vibes are hard to resist for most people. There's something almost calming about a quaint main street setting that makes us just stop and slow down for a minute. Those towns that offer the perfect simple downtown experience need to be celebrated, and that's just what USA Today does with their latest Reader's Choice List.

USA Today set out to find the Best Main Streets Across the United States. Relying on expert and travel suggestions, they narrowed it down and put the vote to those who "know" these charming locations best...the public.

"Main streets across the United States are experiencing a renaissance. Once abandoned and boarded up as people shifted to the suburbs, these iconic thoroughfares are now thriving", USA Today wrote. "These 10 places with charming main streets — nominated by an expert panel and voted by readers as the best in the U.S. — offer more than just a road; these streets are living history, have a vibrant culture, and serve as the hearts of their communities."

What Michigan Town is Home to the Best Main Street in America?

According to USA Today, the iconic main street is a quintessential slice of Americana, where every brick tells a story, every storefront whispers history, and every corner exudes charm. That's the magic of Howell, Michigan. Howell has been chosen as the Best Main Street in the U.S.

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Taking the top spot on the list of the Top 10 most idyllic main street scenarios in the nation, the charming town with a population of about 10,0000, Howell won over American voters. Here's what USA Today had to say about the city which established its first post office in 1836.

"Grand River Avenue, the main street in Howell, is home to numerous historic buildings that now house a variety of unique shops and local eateries. This street is where you'll find the Howell Opera House, as well as the popular 2FOG's Pub."

Howell beat out cities from coast to coast in America for the top spot, and Michigan couldn't be more proud. Check out the full top 10 list here.

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