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Old 07-25-2019, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Chicago utilizes its river very very well, despite the river's small size.
https://urbanmatter.com/chicago/wp-c...elebration.jpg

My other vote is for Pittsburgh, which has 3 huge rivers surrounding downtown and many other rivers in the region. Pittsburgh could definitely utilize its riverfronts more, but the potential is there!
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Chicago utilizes its river very very well, because of the river's small size.

A river that cut a canyon....the width of the Chicago River is perfect for the setting of the high rises that line both its banks. If it were any wider, downtown would never have spread north of the river the way it has. If it were like the San Antonio River's width, it would have appeared as its own place, let apart from the surrounding city.
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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How about the best riverfront setting in two states? To me, no contest: Cincinnati

It draws the city together with the northern Kentucky riverfront. Better still, it created a special zone where downtown Cincinnati gets paired with Covington and Newport across the Ohio, almost making them a part of downtown Cincinnati.

I can't think of any other place like this although I do like how now highly visible Jersey City skyline plays off against lower Manhattan across the Hudson.
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Old 07-25-2019, 04:14 PM
 
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DC, VA and MD do what OH and KY do at Cincinnati.
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:22 PM
 
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Dubuque, IA is pretty neat. The entire Driftless area along the Mississippi is really pretty.
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Savannah is best I've seen.

I like Wilmington NC too.
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Old 07-26-2019, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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As charming as Stillwater is, it really should be moreso given it's history and location. Many of the business aren't thriving, and they have narrow hours. The food is always mediocre and the loud motorcycles annoying. I took friends shopping one time, and we hit up both Stillwater and Hudson, WI, and Hudson hands down had the better antique shopping in DT but you'd never know it the way Stillwater gets talked about.
Stillwater's demographics and tourists are changing. It's becoming so upscale now that antique shops are struggling with the high rents downtown and getting priced out (hence some empty storefronts). It's more about fancy boutiques, event venues, "destination" restaurants, and microbreweries. A lot of businesses downtown cater to river cruise passengers and wealthy residents moving into all the new condos going up.
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Old 07-26-2019, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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DC, VA and MD do what OH and KY do at Cincinnati.
Not sure how. I was talking about downtown Cincinnati smack on the Ohio. Downtown Washington is by no means on the Potomac. And in Cincy, the two KY towns are right across the river and are tied to the downtown north of the river
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:37 AM
 
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Richmond, VA...James Rivet
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Old 07-30-2019, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Dubuque, IA is pretty neat. The entire Driftless area along the Mississippi is really pretty.
seen best by desending on a cable car from the top of the bluffs.

The Mississippi is easily at its most scenic in MN, WI, IL, IA
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:17 AM
 
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Dubuque, IA is pretty neat. The entire Driftless area along the Mississippi is really pretty.
You could make an argument that the Driftless area is one of the most underrated parts of the country in terms of scenery, culture, and outdoor activities.
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