Wilmington riverwalk voted as the 2nd Best Riverwalk in America by USA Today

Wilmington riverwalk voted as the 2nd Best Riverwalk in America by USA Today
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The Wilmington Riverwalk has been voted as the 2nd best riverwalk in America.

In January, Wilmington was put on a list of 20 riverwalks to determine the best 10 in the country.

USA Today 10Best editors partnered with a panel of urban planning experts to nominate the 20 riverwalks.

Voters had about a month to cast their vote for their favorite.

Today, February 26, USA Today released the results and Wilmington came in at #2!

“The Wilmington Riverwalk’s #2 ranking among USA TODAY’s 10Best – Best Riverwalk is a welcome addition to the destination’s growing list of accolades,” said a press release from the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This prestigious travel award, voted on by readers of USA TODAY, shines a spotlight on Wilmington’s pedestrian-friendly 1.75-mile Riverwalk with more than 200 shops, restaurants, attractions, theatres, tours, and cruises—all within easy walking distance.”

The full top 10 list is as follows:

  • Detroit International RiverWalk – Detroit
  • Wilmington Riverwalk – Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Schuylkill River Trail – Philadelphia
  • San Antonio River Walk – San Antonio
  • Smale Riverfront Park – Cincinnati
  • Waterfront Park – Louisville
  • Bricktown – Oklahoma City
  • Mississippi Riverwalk – Dubuque, Iowa
  • Chicago Riverwalk – Chicago
  • Charles River Esplanade – Boston
  • “The City of Wilmington’s investment in the Riverwalk has transformed it into one of our destination’s key attractors,” states Kim Hufham, president/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority. “Visitors and residents of Wilmington and its island beaches know that our Riverwalk is a special place for recreation, dining, shopping, entertainment, and natural beauty. While we had high hopes to again win the number one spot in a USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice contest, it is quite an honor to be voted as number two among so many outstanding riverwalks across the U.S.”

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    Kristin Crawford joined WECT as a Digital Video Content Producer in August 2016 after graduating from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She studied Communication Studies with a focus in TV Production and Media.