Canal Street is a great place to shop, stroll and take photos during the daytime. There are a variety of eclectic gift shops, tourist traps, boutiques, and chain stores. This historic street is like stepping back in time, and still boasts some of the oldest retail stores in the United States. The widest street in America, Canal Street hosts a streetcar line, six lanes of traffic, parking lanes, and broad sidewalks. The palm-lined street is iconic for its historic look and "main street" feel in the heart of New Orleans.