Robert Frost may be proud of going down “The Road Less Taken,” but chances are, he missed out on some of the world’s most iconic sites for doing so.
From Abbey Road in London to the glistening Champs-Élysées in Paris, here’s what 18 of the most famous streets look like in cities around the world.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
The Champs-Élysées is considered one of the world’s most beautiful avenues. Running through the 8th arrondissement in Paris, tourists from around the world flock to the famous street, either to drink in its history, check out its chic cafes and boutiques, or visit the Arc de Triomphe, one of the city’s most famous monuments.
Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San (or Khaosan) Road in Bangkok may be short at approximately 1,345 feet in length, but it is consistently filled with people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Packed with countless budget shops, stalls, restaurants, and guesthouses, Khao San has earned its descriptor as “the center of the backpacking universe.”
Wall Street, New York, USA
Wall Street represents many things to many people. Some view it as the life-pulse of cut-throat capitalism, while others recognize it as one of the most important financial centers in the world. Despite its poor reputation, the eight-block-long street endures as a symbol of the American finance sector.
Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA
This 600-foot-long, red brick road is often called the “most crooked street” in the world. The one-block stretch contains no less than eight very steep hairpin turns.
Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem, Israel
“Via Dolorosa” translates loosely to the “Way of Suffering” or the “Way of Sorrows.” The 2,000-foot pathway in Jerusalem is said to be the route Jesus took on his way to his crucifixion. Spanning from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Repulchre, the current route has been established since the 18th century.
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
As its name suggests, The Royal Mile is a one-mile road in Edinburgh that features an array of significant landmarks, such as the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen still officially resides in Scotland.
Broadway, New York, USA
There are Broadways all over the United States, but none quite so famous as the part of Broadway between 42nd and 53rd street in Manhattan, New York. That Broadway is the oldest north-south street in NYC, and is considered the home of American theater and musical history.
Abbey Road, London, UK
Most people recognize Abbey Road as the iconic backdrop featured on the Beatles album cover in 1969. The band’s most dedicated fans often travel to the road in London to recreate the cover on the crosswalk.
Chandni Chowk, Delhi, India
Whether you’re on the hunt for an eclectic gift, or just want to indulge in some quick Bengali cuisine, Chandni Chowk has what you need. The famous, bustling street in Old Delhi can get chaotic, but it’s the perfect place to visit for a real culture shock.
Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, USA
There’s no shortage of famous sites in the City of Angels, but perhaps none are as gilded as Hollywood Boulevard, home to the glittering stars lining the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning at Sunset Plaza Drive and spanning all the way through to Sunset Boulevard in the east, around 2,500 notables are immortalized there.
La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
La Rambla (often incorrectly called “Las Ramblas,” since the street itself is comprised of a series of shorter streets) is the busiest pedestrian walkway in Barcelona, and runs between Plaça de Catalunya and the city’s famed Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell.
Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, USA
The allure of Vegas lies in its reputation for being an unremitting haven of indulgence. Anything goes in Sin City, and people of all métiers — from gamblers and entertainers to tourists — line the strip to revel in the city’s hypnotic lights well into the wee hours.
Orchard Road, Singapore
Orchard Road’s name hails from the 1800s, back when the road led straight to the area’s fruit, nutmeg, and pepper orchards. Today, it is essentially just a mile and a half of Singapore’s most popular shopping destinations.
Bourbon Street, New Orleans, USA
New Orleans’ natives might avoid this chaotic street, but if you’re yearning for a wild night out there’s no better place to go than Bourbon Street. Situated smack in the heart of the French Quarter, it’s full of bars, restaurants, burlesque shows, and, of course — Mardi Gras.
Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
Some say Shibuya Crossing is the liveliest intersection in the world, and we’d be hard-pressed to disagree. At peak time, it wouldn’t be unusual to see upwards of 1,000 people traversing it at once.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
The Pacific Coast Highway runs through Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties in California, and provides travelers with one of the nation’s most scenic, unforgettable views. The highway opened in the late 1930s and spans 550 miles in California.
Michigan Avenue, Chicago, USA
The Magnificent Mile, a subset of Michigan Avenue, is globally recognized as an upscale retail destination. Brimming with expensive department stores, hotels, and restaurants, the mile represents Chicago’s busiest shopping thoroughfare.