Best View: Riverfront
We didn’t take the cruise along the riverfront, though I’m sure it has spectacular views. Instead, we walked down to the park area and along the boardwalk each evening to see the sunset. The water shimmered, almost still, and the rows and rows of fuzzy green trees reflected in its face. It’s all green and yellow and blue. On the best days, the air felt those colors were rising up out of the water and washing into each other in the breeze.
Best Place to Stay: Near the Riverfront
This area is within walking distance of everything you may want to do in the city from sites to restaurants to nightlife. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a clean, beautiful, and full of history. The history was my favorite thing about the area, not only in the sites but even in the old ads painted on the red bricks.
Best Time to Go: Holiday Weekend
The best thing we did was accidentally plan our trip to coincide with a holiday weekend. It left the area empty and we were able to have the streets to ourselves. There’s something a little magical about walking the sunshine-drenched streets of a city when there’s no one else around. That said, be sure to check ahead so you know that the museums and such you want to visit will still be open.
Best Use of Time: Freedom Rides Museum
The museum is small and if you don’t do a tour, I could see where you would get very little out of it. Or, rather, if you walk this museum like most people walk museums (seriously, the majority of people are not good at taking in the art or words within a museum; people move to fast) then you will miss out on its entire story. This museum had the best people sharing stories and history with the people who showed up to tour the facility. Many of them were volunteers and some were students. You could tell they thoroughly cared about the subject and whether or not their patrons really understood it. Point is, when people care about their work beyond just the work itself, it shows.
– M. Ray Hall