Detroit RiverFront ranks No. 1 on USA Today's 10 best river walks list

By Minnah Arshad via Detroit Free Press

USA Today announced the Detroit Riverfront as the best river walk in the country, in the 10Best list. Stephen McGee

The Detroit RiverWalk attracts 3.5 million visitors annually and has remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, the Detroit RiverWalk has seen a 20% increase in use.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy invested over $200 million in the revitalization of the attraction, which has generated over $2 billion in public and private investments.

“The Detroit Riverfront is a very special place for our city, and we are honored by this recognition,” said Detroit Riverfront Conservancy board chairman Matt Cullen in a news release.

Rounding out the top five, with Detroit’s name at the top, are the Chicago Riverwalk, Boston’s Charles River Esplanade, San Antonio River Walk, and Cincinnati's Wilmington Riverwalk.

Cullen said, “We have a tremendous year ahead and will continue to set the bar even higher as we finish up the East Riverfront and move to the west."