Since I started working in the transportation and heavy highway construction industries I have developed an uncanny obsession with bridges. I narrowed down my top three favorite bridges to visit in the United States.
- New River Gorge Bridge
Location: Fayetteville, West Virginia
I visited the New River Gorge Bridge in 2014 while attending a transportation communications conference. West Virginia never appealed to me as a place to visit, but I hope this blog post will change your mind. This National State Park has some amazing views and adrenaline pumping fun to offer tourists! When you visit the bridge be sure to pay for the walking tour UNDER the bridge. Tourists will get to view the gorge from 876 feet in the air!
2. Hoover Dam Bypass a.k.a. Mike O’Callahan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
Location: Nevada/Arizona state line
I’ve visited this bridge twice. It simply amazes me that the rocky landscape helps support the footings of the bridge. The bridge overlooks the famous Hoover Dam. Tourists traveling between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon must stop and walk across the bridge. It has a pedestrian friendly path. The designers made this bridge an easy attraction for road trippers. Travelers can pull over into a paved parking lot that has a bathroom – you will need it after a few hours on the road. There are ramps and stairs they take you to the bridge and an area to read the dedication plaques for O’Callahan and Tillman. Tourists can snap aerial photos of the Hoover Dam Bypass and the “Welcome to Nevada Sign.”
3. Brooklyn Bridge
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Last but certainly not least! The Brooklyn Bridge is known across the United States of America and around the world! I walked across the entire bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan this past summer. The 136 year old suspension bridge goes over the East River into New York’s top tourist area known as the DUMBO! After walking on this bridge I felt like I really experienced New York! This is a “Must See”attraction in the Big Apple, it’s also FREE!
Honorable Mention: Ben Franklin Bridge
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When in Philadelphia make sure to grab a Philly Cheesesteak, rent a bike, and bike across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Camden, New Jersey! It’s worth it. Afterwards stop under the bridge at Morgan’s Pier for a dessert or a cocktail!