USA: 10 Beautiful Bridges around the country

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Bridges all over the United States of America, display varied architectural designs & technological details and are the perfect symbols of the modern world. A means of movement across rivers, roads and Canyons, these provide an easier way to the destination.

In terms of structure, basically there are four types of bridge designs – Arch, Truss (Beam), Cantilever and Suspension, as per USA Today article ‘Types of Bridge Designs’ (Link). Depending on the requirements, they come in different shapes and sizes. And some of these marvelous bridges are famous tourist attractions as well, for instance, ‘The Brooklyn Bridge’, ‘The Golden Gate Bridge’ or ‘Bixby Bridge’ in California.

While travelling, we have come across countless bridges and from among those, I have compiled a list of 10 beautiful bridges from around the country (in no particular order).

Beautiful Bridges around the country

1. The City of Bridges – Pittsburgh

This post about bridges should start with ‘The City of Bridges‘ also known as Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania. It is estimated to have over 446 bridges, according to Pittsburgh’s Action News (Link), built on the three rivers Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny which meet here. It is one of the few places where you can find multitude of bridges laid right in front of your eyes.

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Bridges of Pittsburgh

We have visited Pittsburgh many times and its always a delight to visit Mt. Washington which provides a panoramic view of this beautiful city and amazing pictures like the one here.

2. Brooklyn Bridge – New York

The iconic New York suspension bridge – ‘Brooklyn Bridge‘, doesn’t need any introduction. Its one of the most recognizable structures on the NY Skyline and almost every movie which is filmed in the city features the bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

We clicked this picture from Brooklyn Bridge Park, a prefect place to get an amazing view of the entire city.

3. Crescent City Connection – New Orleans

Two bridges from the south of the country – ‘Crescent City Connection‘ – Cantilever bridges in New Orleans. The view along the Mississippi river is breathtaking, especially in the evenings when the lights on the bridge gleam in the water and the second bridge behind it looks like a shadow in the sky.

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Crescent City Connection

We took this picture from the Mardi Gras World dock along the Mississippi River – on our first trip to the city. It was a fabulous vacation as we enjoyed the Bourbon Street excitement & the delicious Cajun-creole food.

4. Rainbow Bridge – Niagara Falls region

The Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls region, is a well-known tourist attraction. It arches over the Niagara River creating a dazzling panorama.

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Rainbow Bridge

The Bridge connects USA and Canada, and is frequently used by people travelling across the countries. We have visited Niagara Falls numerous times, with friends & family and it never ceases to amaze.

5. Bayonne Bridge – New Jersey

A city where we have lived for almost three years – Bayonne in New Jersey which is just a bridge away from New York. This Bowstring Arch bridge called ‘Bayonne Bridge‘ connects the city to Staten Island and looks splendid on the calm waters of the strait of Kill Van Kull.

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Bayonne Bridge

This picture was taken from the Bayonne Park on a bright winter day. Its a quiet little residential semi-suburb and is a wonderful place to live.

6. Longfellow bridge – Boston

The Longfellow bridge on Charles river, categorized as an arch bridge is in the amazing city of Boston. The piers of this bridge are exquisitely sculpted like a masterpiece of concrete & steel floating on the water.

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Longfellow Bridge

Our April trip to the city was fantastic which included a Harvard Tour and the famous Boston Duck tour (quack!, quack !). We clicked this picture while on the duck tour, though it was a little chilly, we enjoyed sightseeing till late in the evening.

7.  Bixby Bridge – California

The famous Bixby Bridge in California, is another one of the most recognizable structures in the country. Situated on the impressive Pacific Coast Highway, its a breathtaking sight and further, adds to its beauty.

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Bixby Bridge

This picture was taken on a cloudy day in Monterey on our way to Los Angeles from San Francisco. What a memorable trip it was.

8. Talmadge Memorial Bridge – Savannah

This is the Talmadge Memorial Bridge (cable-stayed suspension bridge) in one of my favorite cities Savannah in Georgia. From afar, the bridge seems to be effortlessly sailing through the air & enjoying another sunny day.

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Its a place for all seasons, with its old world charm along the Savannah river. We experienced the charm of this lovely city last December & loved it. The River Street was breathtaking and we couldn’t resist ourselves from clicking some amazing pictures including this one.

9. Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge – Nevada & Arizona

The Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, also known as Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge connects Nevada and Arizona over the Colorado River. Another engineering wonder, built recently in 2010, it presents a picturesque background when seen from the Hoover Dam.

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Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

This picture was taken from Hoover Dam. The bridge fits so well in the entire frame, as if it had always been there. And it also affords great views of the majestic Dam and Colorado river.

10. Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco

When we talk about bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has to be mentioned. It is one of the most stunning suspension bridges in the world.

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The Golden Gate Bridge

On our California trip, we spent a few days in San Francisco and really loved the city. The Orange colored bridge over the San Francisco Bay – makes a gorgeous picture, like the one above which we clicked from Crissy Fields.

This is a list of beautiful bridges – I have come across.

Which of these have you seen ?

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52 thoughts on “USA: 10 Beautiful Bridges around the country

  1. As usual, lists pull me in and I need to do my thing with checking off what I have seen and what I still need to see. For this one I’ve seen most of the bridges, except Savannah but that is top of my list to get to in the next year before my niece graduates from SCAD!

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  2. I really enjoyed this post and learned a thing or two. It got me thinking about all the things I’ve seen while traveling that I didn’t photograph, like bridges, that are also worthy of attention. Thanks for expanding my horizons.

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  3. I really enjoyed this post! I’m fascinated with cool-looking bridges and I’ve been to a handful of them featured on this post. I think my favorite has to be the Golden Gate Bridge with the Bixby Bridge as a runner-up!

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  4. Definitely beautiful bridges, and I have been to a few of them. I wish the Mackinaw Bridge that spans the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan had made the cut – but then I am a Michigander so would of course be hopeful.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Grace.
      Yes, I have also heard that ‘Mackinaw Bridge’ in Michigan is beautiful and I wish I had seen it.
      Here, I have compiled a list of beautiful bridges – I have come across. I would love to visit Michigan and this incredible bridge is on our list, for sure.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it.

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  5. I love this list Vasudha and I guess I have to start traveling more around the US to see this awesome bridges in person. I absolutely adore the Brooklyn Bridge at any time of the day its so picturesque

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    1. Am so glad you enjoyed the post.
      Yes, bridges are such beautiful structures. And Brooklyn Bridge is one of the finest examples.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it.

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  6. Great post! 🙂
    Golden Gate, Rainbow and Brooklyn bridge are in my Top 5, I also loved the bridge connecting Newport, RI with Jamestown, RI. I don’t know, if you’ve seen it, but it is pretty amazing! 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Mons.
      Absolutely, these three are beautiful bridges. Oh great, never heard of the Newport Bridge but would love to see it. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it.

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  7. Great post, loved the list. I’ve only seen 5 on this list (counting Pittsburgh as 1), so nothing to brag about. However, I have walked across two (Brooklyn and Golden Gate). Thanks for the compilation.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post.
      Yes, there’s so much to see right here in the US including these beautiful creations of the modern world.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it.

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    1. Undoubtedly, Golden Gate Bridge is one of the finest bridges. On our San Francisco trip, we did the same, it was a wonderful experience.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Tim. I really appreciate it.

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  8. Lovely pics. Bridges have always been a very fascinating sights for me always. Unfortunately, i have not traveled much in USA so far. But i am definitely due for more travel in USA. Among the list, i have seen just Golden Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. I have seen a couple of interesting bridges in Minnesota state – Duluth Bridge and Stillwater bridge – which opens up when ships approach to pass through.

    Interesting blog. Liked it very much. I have added all these bridges in my bucket list now 🙂

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    1. Am so glad you enjoyed the post, Suyash.
      Bridges are such beautiful structures, definitely a must-see. And Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridge are some of the very best.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Am so glad you enjoyed the post.
      Absolutely, bridges are one of the beautiful creations of the modern world.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it.

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  9. Not that many great bridges in Arizona. The Mill Street Bridge in Tempe, at night, might be one to check out and shoot. There is also the Roosevelt Lake Bridge, about 60 Miles Northeast of Phoenix on Hwy 188. It has a desert charm; there is great contrast between the desert setting and the lake it spans.

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    1. Both the bridges sound interesting and the Roosevelt Lake Bridge against the desert and lake – it would make a beautiful picture. I would love to see it.
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it.

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