We wanted to find the best city parks, public squares, recreational trails, urban kayaking spots and riverwalks, so we invited our readers to vote for their favorites. The results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list.
Best City Park: Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri
Forest Park is one of the country's largest urban parks — Photo courtesy of Forest Park Forever
Located in the heart of St. Louis, Forest Park encompasses nearly 1,400 acres of land. It's one of the largest urban parks in the United States, nearly a third larger than New York's Central Park. The park is widely used for outdoor recreation and features bicycle paths, jogging trails, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, boating and skating.
Best Public Square: Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont
Church Street Marketplace is a National Register Historic District that welcomes 1.5 million visitors each year — Photo courtesy of iStock / Sean Pavone
Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace comprises the length of Church Street between Pearl and Main. It’s a designated National Register Historic District that welcomes 1.5 million visitors a year to shop, dine and mingle.
Best Recreational Trail: Chuck Huckelberry Loop in Tucson, Arizona
Chuck Huckelberry Loop wins for the second year in a row — Photo courtesy of Pima County
The Chuck Huckelberry Loop in Tucson comprises 130 miles of paved paths and bike lanes (with more on the way). The path is open to cyclists, walkers, runners, horseback riders or skaters, and connects parks and trailheads throughout the city.
Best Riverwalk: Detroit International RiverWalk in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit International RiverWalk wins for the second year in a row — Photo courtesy of Stephen McGee
The riverfront redevelopment in Detroit, a city with 14 miles of shoreline along the Detroit River, is one of the city's most exciting initiatives. The East Riverfront of the Detroit International RiverWalk stretches from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park and includes several parks, restaurants, splash parks and natural areas.
Best Urban Kayaking Spot: Roanoke River in Roanoke, Virginia
The Roanoke River offers views of Virginia's Blue Ridge with convenient access to Roanoke — Photo courtesy of Creative Dog Media - Visit VBR
Roanoke sits in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, making it an excellent base for outdoor recreation. The 45-mile Roanoke River Blueway offers easy paddling for much of its length, with the exception of some Class II rapids near the gorge.
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