The Top 10

Grandest Boulevards in the World

Champs Elysees, Paris

1 | CHAMPS-ELYSEES, Paris

One of the world's great urban wonders, this boulevard is perhaps the most famous in the world. It inspired so many others throughout Europe and the New World, stretching from a great public square to a major landmark (the Triumphal Arch), and lined with graceful buildings, cafés and shops.
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2 | BROADWAY, New York

Broadway, New York
It cuts through all of Manhattan, passing by several neighborhoods, but it's in Midtown that it becomes what it's famous for -- the world's greatest theater district. This section is also known as the "Great White Way" and includes the light-and-advertising-filled Times Square.
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3 | PASSEIG DE GRACIA, Barcelona

Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona

Home to some of the most unconventional architecture in the world, Barcelona's best-known avenue is lined with some surreal façades, many of them the result of Gaudi's highly individual style. It's now Spain's most expensive street, home to several hotels and luxury shops.
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4 | LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD, Las Vegas

Las Vegas Boulevard, The Strip, Las Vegas

Also known as the Las Vegas Strip, this is where most of the world's largest hotel-casinos are found. It's miles of flashing lights, billboards, and theme-park-like recreations of many of the world's most famous landmarks, creating an amusement park for adults.
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5 | GRAN VIA, Madrid

Gran Via, Madrid

Madrid' main avenue took a quarter of a century to complete but the result is admirable -- a series of ornate buildings that make it a showcase of early-20th-century architecture. They now house a large number of theaters, hotels and shops.
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6 | ANDRASSY UT, Budapest

Andrassy Ut, Budapest

One of many great boulevards modeled after Paris' Champs-Élysées, this is Budapest's grandest avenue. It is lined with beautiful Neo-Renaissance mansions, many of them housing luxury boutiques, cafés and restaurants. It's part of the city's historical area recognized as a World Heritage Site.
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7 | AVENIDA 9 DE JULIO, Buenos Aires

Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires

The widest avenue in the world honors Argentina's Independence Day. It followed the late-19th-century European trend of opening a great boulevard in the center of the city, and with nine lanes you need to be patient to cross it -- you'll have to obey several traffic lights to reach the other side. At the center is the city's icon, a great obelisk.
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8 | AVENIDA PAULISTA, São Paulo

Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo

Latin America's most expensive avenue is also the headquarters of a large number of financial and cultural institutions. Once flanked by European-style mansions, those have been torn down and replaced by shining modern skyscrapers.
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9 | KU'DAMM, Berlin

Ku'Damm, Berlin

The official name is Kurfürstendamm, but it's simply known as Ku'damm. It's yet another long broad boulevard modeled after the Champs-Élysées, and is home to some of the German capital's most luxurious stores.
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10 | MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO

Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Part of it is known as the "Magnificent Mile," and this wide boulevard is in fact one of the U.S.' (and the world's) most magnificent. It's home to grand upscale department stores, the finest restaurants, hotels and all the brand name shops that attract crowds throughout the day.



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