These are the 10 best public squares in cities across the U.S.

10. Black Lives Matter Plaza - Washington, DC

Long before it was formally designated Black Lives Matter Plaza in 2020, the 16th Street portion in front of Lafayette Square served as a meeting spot in the capital of our country.

9. Wright Square - Savannah, GA

Wright Square features a central monument honoring William Washington Gordon, the Central Georgia Railroad's founder, and a corner boulder honoring Tomochichi, the Yamacraws' chief.

8. Healdsburg Plaza - Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg Plaza in downtown centers on a pretty gazebo surrounded by trees, benches and turf. The 1-acre square plays host to a variety of special events and live music performances throughout the year.

7. Fountain Square - Cincinnati, OH

Located in the center of Cincinnati's downtown lies Fountain Square, which is marked by the famous Tyler Davidson Fountain, which was dedicated in 1871. Stop by one of the square's outdoor tables for lunch.

5. Campus Martius - Detroit, MI

Campus Martius Park serves as Detroit's gathering place, where locals and visitors alike can come to take in the skyline views, people-watch around the Woodward Fountain or grab a meal from a food truck.

4. Rittenhouse Square - Philadelphia, PA

Luxurious condominiums, upscale shops, and some of Philly's best restaurants are all located around this tree-filled square.

3. Santa Fe Plaza - Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe's version is modeled after a classic Spanish plaza and is flanked by eateries, boutiques, bookstores, and art galleries.

2. Decatur Square - Decatur, GA

This 15-block, green area, which revolves around the historic DeKalb County courthouse, is more of a pedestrian promenade with over 85 stores and eateries, complemented with murals and vintage street lights.

1. Centerway Square - Corning, NY

When the pedestrian plaza took the place of two blocks of street, Corning saw a revitalization. This brick-paved space has a covered stage for live events, street lights, and a 50-foot clock tower.