There are a few communities that really have beautiful downtown riverfront areas. There are several towns in the Southwest, Michigan region that this is a highlight of the downtown.
Cities such as Battle Creek, Allegan, Kalamazoo and Marshall have beautiful riverfront walkways and sometimes shops along the rivers of their downtown district. Allegan has a magnicent boardwalk and old iron bridge in the downtown district, and Battle Creek with its overlooks, benches and shade trees make for an inviting stroll along the river.
A river going through downtown is a great highlight that not every community can boast, and not all that have them present them in the same way. The ones that do feature them bring a sense of beauty into the district that brings people back for more. There is nothing quite like a seasonal stroll along a beautiful river in a downtown district.