Saturday, January 28, 2023

Wilmington Riverwalk in running as nation’s best

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A national media outlet has Wilmington in the running again for Best Riverwalk.

USA Today’s annual 10Best poll takes place annually and rates everything from destinations to food and drink, hotels and things to do. In its travel category are various amenities, including city parks, museums, trails and riverwalks.

A well-traveled expert panel and 10Best editors choose the contenders. Wilmington has placed in the top three over the last two years.

In 2022, it came in third behind Detroit International RiverWalk in Michigan and Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati.

2022 was the second year Detroit secured the top honor. Cincinatti knocked Wilmington down a notch from second place in 2021.

Detroit, Cincinnati and Wilmington secured 2023 nominations as well.

Other nominees include: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Indianapolis, Indiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Dubuque, Indiana; Savannah, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; San Antonio, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tampa Bay, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; and Providence, Rhode Island.

Wilmington’s Riverwalk stretches from Nun Street on the south side of downtown to the Isabella Holmes Bridge. USA Today describes it as “colorful,” peppered with more than 200 cafes, bars and shops, and attractions like the Battleship North Carolina, not to mention a background for many celebrations — Riverfest and Azalea Fest included.

Participants can vote here once a day for the riverwalk — and in every category. The contest for Best Riverwalk closes Feb. 6. As of press, Wilmington ranked number eight on the leaderboard.

Winners are announced mid-February.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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