14 of the Most Colorful Places to Visit
Everyone knows that the South is home to plenty of color. From the wide array of vegetable sides that we stack up on our plates to the vibrant patterns that we wear, we’re never ones to shy away from the bright and the bold. These streets perfectly capture the colorful nature of the South. From Austin to Asheville, these local favorites include scenic drives, colorful neighborhood strolls, and bustling neighborhoods perfect for getting your colorful street view fix.
Ocean Drive, Miami, Florida
Miami developed a reputation as a fast-living, nightclubbing party city with a little soul, and at the heart of this Florida jewel is Ocean Drive. Running parallel to the South Beach coastline, Ocean Drive is Miami’s most vibrant strip – and that’s saying something.
Rainbow Row, Charleston, South Carolina
Rainbow Row is the nickname for a line of homes on historic East Bay Street, covering house numbers 79 to 107. The picturesque Georgian houses are perfect example of Charleston’s atmosphere – refined and dignified, but with that fun side.
Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
There are plenty of colorful sights, people, and restaurants you've got to try before you die in the Crescent City. While streets like Frenchman, Royal, and Magazine are certainly worth a trip (or two, or three), few streets in the world can match crazy, colorful Bourbon Street. Even if you’re not down in the Big Easy for Mardi Gras, there’s always a party happening on this street.
Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee
Beginning at the Mississippi River and spanning about 2 miles, Beale Street is significant to the history of both Memphis and the blues. Historic clubs, restaurants, and shops concentrated in the heart of downtown Memphis draw plenty of tourists and locals alike.
Duval Street, Key West, Florida
Duval Street brings color in a way only Florida can. Lined with art galleries, boutiques, inns, and Bodegas, the street shows colorful Bahamian, Spanish, and Cuban influence.
Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia
This street is located in the Little Five Points Neighborhood in Atlanta. Locals love Little Five Points for its unique culture, unique businesses (chain stores are kept out) and vibrant art scene. The mural above is painted on the face of Junkman’s Daughter, an offbeat gift and clothing store fit for an offbeat neighborhood.
6th Street, Austin, Texas
Located within the city’s urban core, 6th street is any Austin local or tourist’s go-to place to find both history and entertainment. Parts of this eclectic street are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; while East 6th Street is a major destination for bars, clubs, and music.
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Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee
Lower Broadway, a.k.a. the Honky Tonk Highway, is known by practically every Southerner for its rambunctious bars, upbeat music, and budding talent. During the daytime, families can enjoy the strip’s lively atmosphere – but after 8 or 9 pm, most establishments enforce the over-21 rule.
Depot Street, Asheville, North Carolina
Queen Street, Alexandria, Virginia
Virginia is host to an abundance of American history, so it’s only fitting that one of its most colorful streets proudly displays patriotic shades of red, white, and blue. And that tiny blue sliver of a house has a very interesting story. Known to locals as “the Spite House,” it was built in 1830 by an owner who wanted to keep loiterers out of his alley.
Stuart Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
Tucked inside Richmond’s residential and historic Fan District, this row of late-nineteenth/early twentieth century homes is surrounded by what locals deem to be one of the city’s greatest cultural architectural assets.