Readers of USA Today had the chance to do a "10 Best Readers' Choice" vote for the city with the best American riverfront, and when the results were released Wednesday,
As USA Today correctly noted, "Because Wilmington is associated with the many barrier island destinations for which it serves as a gateway --
chief among them -- the public often forgets it's actually a river city." Wrightsville
Along the Cape Fear River at
Wilmington, you'll find the Henrietta III excursion boat (shown above), Battleship North Carolina and a 1.75-mile
wood-plank Riverwalk, where a weekly farmers market and other outdoor events
are staged throughout the year.
Which of the winners are within easy striking distance?
Also on the list is
, a 5 1/2-hour drive to the west,
via any of several routes. Chattanooga,
Here's the full list: