The Charles River Esplanade features a 64-acre park and 17 miles of running trails along the waterfront. The riverfront is also home to a community boat launch, a small cafe and an outdoor amphitheater.
The beauty of the Chicago River is on full display along the city's Riverwalk. Visitors can ply the waters in a kayak, bike along the banks or even go fishing. There's al fresco dining along the water.
The Mississippi Riverwalk makes up part of the 26-mile Heritage Trail, which links the Mississippi River to the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville.
Bricktown Canal, a former warehouse district, is a hub of activity in downtown. Visitors will find restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, as well as the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Since 1986, Louisville's frontage along the Ohio River has undergone quite the renaissance with the introduction of the 85-acre Waterfront Park, an expanse of picnic areas, walking paths and sprawling green spaces.
At Smale Riverfront Park, visitors can watch the river traffic float by, cycle along the Ohio River Trail and buy fresh produce at the Castellini Esplanade farmers market.
Restaurants, bars, hotels and an outdoor amphitheater line the canal, with pedestrian paths to either side and a series of picturesque stone footbridges spanning the water.
A notable section of this multi-use trail is a 30-mile stretch from Philadelphia to Parker Ford, passing through Valley Forge National Historical Park along the way.
Located along the Cape Fear River, Wilmington's riverfront is home to a colorful Riverwalk lined with more than 200 cafes, bars and shops.
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.