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The most scenic bridges to drive across in the US


The Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Road tripping via scenic bridges can be a welcome vacation for those looking to escape this summer.
  • Bridges with beautiful scenery include the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam Bypass.
  • The Mackinac Bridge and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge offer ocean views.
Driving across the Brooklyn Bridge provides stunning views of lower Manhattan.

Cars drive across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan at dusk
The Brooklyn Bridge.

Completed in 1883, the bridge took 14 years and $15 million to build.

In upper Manhattan, the George Washington Bridge connects Washington Heights and New Jersey.

An aerial view of the George Washington Bridge
The George Washington Bridge.

Underneath the bridge sits the Little Red Lighthouse, one of the last remaining lighthouses in New York City.

Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado is the highest suspension bridge in the US.

Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado
Royal Gorge Bridge.

The bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, towers 956 feet above the Arkansas River.

Rainbow Bridge in Niagara, New York, is right next to Niagara Falls.

Rainbow Bridge from the American side of the Niagara River.
Rainbow Bridge from the American side of the Niagara River.

The bridge can be used to drive between the US and Canada.

The Golden Gate Bridge is a recognizable landmark on the West Coast.

An aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge.

The bridge is known for its art deco style and special "International Orange" color.

Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys offers endless views of sea green water.

Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys
Seven Mile Bridge.

The bridge connects Florida's mainland to the Florida Keys.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is known for its yellow cables and ocean scenery.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge above the ocean in Florida
Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Connecting St. Petersburg and Bradenton, Florida, the bridge collapsed in 1980 when a freighter ship crashed into one of its support columns. The bridge was moved, raised, and fitted with bumpers called "dolphins" and reopened in 1987.

Bixby Bridge along the Pacific Coast Highway is an iconic lookout point.

Bixby Bridge along the Pacific Coast Highway
Bixby Bridge.

Bixby Bridge sits 260 feet above Bixby Creek. The landmark appears in the opening credits of "Big Little Lies" as well as several films.

Roseman Bridge is a historic covered bridge in Madison County, Iowa.

Roseman Bridge, a historic covered bridge built in 1883.
Roseman Bridge, built in 1883.

Built in 1883, Roseman Bridge is featured in the novel and the film adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County." Some believe that the bridge is haunted by a man who escaped from a county jail.

Bay Bridge in the Chesapeake Bay opened in 1952.

Bay Bridge in the Chesapeake Bay
Bay Bridge.

Formally called William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge after the Maryland governor who approved its construction, it's most commonly referred to as Bay Bridge.

Mackinac Bridge in Michigan stretches for 5 miles, making it the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.

An aerial view of Mackinac Bridge in Michigan
Mackinac Bridge.

The bridge opened in 1957 as a path between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

The Hoover Dam Bypass crosses over the Colorado River in Boulder City, Nevada.

The Hoover Dam Bypass in Boulder City, Nevada
Hoover Dam Bypass.

Formally called Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the structure boasts the longest concrete arch in North America.

Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Prospect, Maine, is taller than the Statue of Liberty.

Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Prospect, Maine
Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

From its observatory, the tallest bridge observatory in the world, visitors can see as far as 40 miles away.

London Bridge was bought by the founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and moved from London in 1968.

London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The bridge is decorated with lampposts made from melted cannons belonging to Napoleon's army from the Battle of Waterloo.

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky was the longest bridge in the world until the Brooklyn Bridge took its title.

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.
The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.

The bridge gets its name from John A. Roebling, a civil engineer who designed the structure.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, is a civil rights landmark.

The historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
Edmund Pettus Bridge.

The bridge was the site of Bloody Sunday, when civil rights marchers were brutalized by police as they marched for voting rights in 1965. It's now a National Historic Landmark.

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, completed in 1936, spans over 10,000 feet.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The bridge has two sections, an East Span and a West Span.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana is the world's longest bridge over a body of water.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans, Louisiana
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway stretches for 24 miles and is held up by 9,000 concrete pilings.

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