York, Pennsylvania ... is a small town with a full-time population of fewer than 50,000 people. But don’t let that fool you — this little town is full of enough charm for multiple towns of bigger size! York has invested heavily in its downtown, and the result is absolutely charming. Market Street is lined with Late Victorians and Classical Revival buildings that now house locally owned shops and restaurants, and are open late on the first Friday of each month.
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Come here for the history, stay for the breweries. After experiencing a brewery boom throughout the 1850s and early 1900s (Helb’s Keystone Brewery was founded here), downtown York went through a period of decay. No longer: Today, the town has a bustling Main Street that Travel+Leisure named one of the best in America, and it’s home to a growing microbrewery scene.
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In 1978, the last of four major department stores in downtown York was shuttered, triggering a period of decay. Over time, landowners aided by various programs have spruced up and restored nearly every façade—with great examples of the late Victorian and Classical Revival styles. Stroll Market Street for the most striking examples. On the first Friday of each month local businesses stay open late, with special events and discounts.

Worth a Stop: Food vendors have been hawking their goods at Central Market since 1754. Enjoy a quick meal at one of the market’s nearly two dozen restaurants and lunch counters.
— Wayne Curtis, Travel + Leisure