When it comes to architectural wonders, bridges come into consideration next to buildings. The most famous bridges in the world have something in common. They not only allow movement across large masses of water, but they’re also designed to perfection, integrating both quality that enables them to withstand heavy traffic and elemental conditions, while still adding to the aesthetic value of the place. America is home to some of the most eye catching bridges, and here are 5 of the most beautiful.
Bixby Creek Bridge
Bixby Creek Bridge is one of the most picturesque places in America. One of the oldest bridges in America having been opened in 1932, it also ranks among the tallest concrete bridges worldwide. The 714-feet long arch bridge is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, and the view is so beautiful, it’s a popular photography site on the West Coast. Other than the marvelous architecture and the brilliant ocean backdrop, the roads around the creek are also attention grabbing, having been carved out of the hills.
Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
The Royal Gorge Bridge stands at 955 feet above the Arkansas River, making it the highest bridge in the United States. It was also the highest in the entire world, until 2001. The Bridge was actually built as a means to promote tourism and not purposely for transport, and it’s now a popular tourist destination in Colorado. It’s a suspension bridge, supported by two towering structure, and 1,270 feet in length. A stroll across the bridge gives one beautiful views of the canyon terrain in Colorado. The bridge also acts as the location of an amusement park that allows visitors to have thrilling rides over the canyon.
Big Four Bridge, Kentucky
This bridge that’s only open to pedestrians was decommissioned in the 1960s but was later renovated and reopened in 2013. The bridge is half a mile long, and supports traffic of more than a million pedestrians each year. It becomes quite a sight every night, lit up in bright colors that shine and reflect off the Ohio River, beautifully illuminating the bridge’s frame.
The Golden Gate Bridge, California
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges not just in America but in the world. It’s a suspension bridge stretching between San Francisco city and Marin Country, carrying the California State Route and US Route 101 over the river. The bridge is colored an orange color with steel beams in red primer, something that enhance its beauty. Opened in May 1937, the bridge remains one of the most famous landmarks in California and the entire United States, and looks picturesque from many angles.
Mackinac Bridge, Michigan
The Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 feet long and spans the Lower and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In fact, it goes across both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, giving a thrilling ride. The bridge was built under the supervision of David B. Steinman who took every measure to avoid the kind of fate that befell the initial Tacoma Narrows Bridge which was destroyed by a wind, something he had foreseen. As a result, the Mackinac Bridge is one of the most strongly built bridges in the world, and can withstand any kind of wind, no matter how strong it is. It’s mostly made of steel grating, which allows air to pass through, something that the Tacoma bridge lacked.