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The 15 Best River Walks in the United States

The 15 Best River Walks in the United States

By: Molly O’Brien

August 9, 2021

From fine dining to open-air concerts, these gorgeous river walks combine the beauty of nature with some stellar riverside attractions.

What better way is there to enjoy the sunshine than a stroll or bike ride along the riverside? Explore the natural scenery stopping only to step into one of the dozens of local shops dotting a boardwalk or riverfront park, before indulging in a cocktail and trying some freshly made cuisine at a waterside eatery. Explore the endless opportunities for a day or night out at one of these 15 fabulous river walks across the United States.

The San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk boasts sightseeing, shopping, dining, and an incredibly rich history. This world-renowned 15-mile waterway has been setting the standard for river walks internationally for decades. Visit La Villita Historic Arts Village, a community and home to several art galleries and shops selling locally made jewelry, pottery, and folk art for a souvenir. Hungry? Step into Casa Rio, which is the oldest restaurant on the banks.

Next, visit the San Antonio Museum of Art to learn about the city’s rich cultural heritage. Finally, trek to visit the four historic missions at the San Antonio’s Missions National Historical Park. This section consists of four Mission buildings and the famous Alamo Mission in downtown San Antonio, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check into the Hotel Emma, which is housed in a former 19th-century brewery in the heart of the food-focused Pearl District.

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