They are the kind of places you find when you are not driving the interstate. They are the small-town downtowns; the ones that make you want to stop, get out of your car, and take pictures. Why? and where are they?
Here are a few of mine:
Downieville, CA. It is a small downtown in a steep valley. There are two bridges across the river - both one lane - including the one on State Highway 49. The street is narrow, with only enough room for two cars, yet there is parking on one side. Big trees grow right in the pavement, and the buildings, most with covered porches, are right up to the street.
Mineral Point, WI. This is one of Wisconsin's oldest communities, settled by miners in the early 1800's. Downtown is built on a steep hillside, with the main street descending to the brewery. It is lined by old buildings, many displaying characteristics of the Cornish heritage of the early miners.
Galena, IL. Sadly, this is now very much a trendy tourist place. Still, the downtown has the look and feel of the 19th-Century river town it once was.