Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Take a Look at the Longest Streets in the World

If you ask almost any Torontonian, they’d probably tell you that Yonge Street is the longest street in the world. It’s no big secret that it’s a very long street and it did officially hold that title in the Guinness Book of World Records until 1999. However, when Yonge Street was separated from Highway 11, it lost that title. Sadly another motorway has taken that title away.

What streets are the longest in the world? We’ve rounded up a few of the longest. This is what they are:

 Pan-American Highway
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This is the road that’s currently listed as the longest in the world, coming in at 25,750 km (16,000 miles) long. It’s created out of a network of roads that run from Alaska all the way to Argentina, although not all connections have been completed. It’s still no wonder that this has taken the top spot!

Yonge Street
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The common misconception is that Yonge Street is 1,896 km (1,178 miles) long, but since Highway 11 is no longer considered part of Yonge Street then it’s shortened its distance. The title of Yonge Street being the longest street in the world is something of an urban myth now. You’ve probably seen the bronze map that shows its length in front of the Eaton Centre!

Image via Flickr

Another long street is Broadway in New York, which is a surprising 650 km (400 miles) in length. You may not know this, but it extends up throughout New York State, although it’s not called Broadway all of the way. It actually ends near the Canadian border!