These Are the Best Bridges to Drive Across

These Are the Best Bridges to Drive Across

From Scotland to San Francisco, you picked some great bridges to drive across.

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A photo of the Millau Viaduct in France.
The Millau Viaduct was one of your picks for the best bridges.
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Bridges are pretty excellent when you think about it. They can have a stunning design that enhances the landscape around them or can simply be an efficient means of getting from A to B.

To celebrate all these sensation spans, we turned to you and asked for some of your favorite bridges to drive across. And with suggestions coming in from San Francisco to Scotland, we had some great picks to chose from.

So, flick through the following pages to uncover some brilliant bridges that might be worth rolling across on your next road trip.

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Fort Pitt Bridge

Fort Pitt Bridge

A photo of the Fort Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh at night time.
Photo: Nathaniel F via Wikimedia Commons

“The Fort Pitt Bridge, coming into Pittsburgh, especially at night. You exit the Fort Pitt Tunnel onto the bridge and the city just explodes into view! It’s very impressive.”

Opened in 1959, the Fort Pitt Bridge is a double-decked, steel road bridge that spans the Monongahela River to drop its passengers right into downtown Pittsburgh.

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Storseisundet Bridge

Storseisundet Bridge

A photo of a swooping road bridge in Scandinavia with dark clouds and mountains behind.
Photo: DXR via Wikimedia Commons

“This one, Storseisundet Bridge, Atlanterhavsveien in Norway.”

This dramatic looking roadway is one of eight bridges that forms the Atlanterhavsveien, which translates as the Atlantic Road. If it looks familiar, this road was used as one of the locations in recent Bond flick, No Time to Die.

Suggested by: @OddGoderstad (Twitter)

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You Drive a Boat, Right?

You Drive a Boat, Right?

A photo of a very tall aqueduct in Wales, UK.
Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP (Getty Images)

“If I use both ‘bridge’ and ‘drive’ loosely, the most memorable span I have traversed is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales. Boating ~130ft over a river in a narrowboat is quite an experience.”

One of the few suggestions today that I’ve actually driven across. Well, if steering an ancient canal boat counts as driving? Either way, it’s a fantastic bridge that dates back to 1805.

Suggested by: smalleyxb122

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Twinsies

Twinsies

A photo of the Golden Gate Bridge at night time with the full moon behind.
Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)

“For the fact I learned they’re twins of each other, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and the 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisboa Portugal.”

The two bridges at two different sides of the globe were both built by the same construction firm, are both painted red, and both comprise two main towers. But, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is more than 1,000 feet longer.

Suggested by: Agh Mejia (Facebook)

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Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

A photo of a suspension bridge in the USA.
Photo: Bruce C. Cooper via Wikimedia Commons

“I always thought the Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Maine was really cool. You’re just driving along on US-1 in Maine, meandering through small coastal villages, and then wham, suddenly you’re high up this modern cable stayed bridge.

“It also has the tallest bridge observation deck in the world built into one of the columns.

“Another one of my favorites list is The Deer Isle Bridge, part of ME-15. Built by the same design firm that did the Mackinac bridge, it’s big, it’s old, it’s narrow, it’s sketchy in high winds, and I love it.”

This excellent suspension bridge in Maine was completed in 2006 and spans more than 2,000 feet.

Suggested by: Matt Drews (Facebook)

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Millau Viaduct

Millau Viaduct

A photo of the Millau Viaduct in France.
Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP (Getty Images)

“The Millau Viaduct in France is absolutely breathtaking. I drove across it several years ago and it was one of the most stunning driving experiences of my life.”

Arguably one of the best looking bridges in the world, the Millau Viaduct in France currently holds the title of the world’s tallest bridge as well. Good bridge.

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Champlain bridge

Champlain bridge

A photo of a suspension bridge in Canada illuminated in red.
Photo: Sebastien St-Jean/AFP (Getty Images)

“I really love the new Champlain bridge in Montreal.”

Officially called the The Samuel De Champlain Bridge, this cable-style bridge spans the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec, Canada.

Suggested by: @NeptuneWakes (Twitter)

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Forth Bridges

Forth Bridges

A photo of the three bridges crossing the River Forth in Scotland.
Photo: Andy Buchanan/AFP (Getty Images)

“The Forth River bridges are cool because you get to see three very different styles right next to each other. Plus seeing them means you are just about in Edinburgh, one of the greatest cities in the world!”

What’s better than one bridge? Three bridges!

These three crossings on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland, carry trains and cars in and out of the city. Everyone’s got a favorite out of the three; mine’s the rail bridge, which is the red one in the background.

Suggested by: majordawlish

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Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

A photo of the Mackinaw suspension bridge illuminated with yellow light.
Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP (Getty Images)

“Mackinac Bridge for the views, low traffic, and cheap toll. Especially in the fall for colors or winter if the straights have blue ice.”

Opened in 1957, the Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac. Its 26,372-foot-long span connects the upper and lower peninsulas of the state of Michigan.

Suggested by: Bill Johnson (Facebook)

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Confederation Bridge

Confederation Bridge

A photo of the Confederation Bridge.
Photo: Harold Bingley via Wikimedia Commons

“The Confederation Bridge connecting Prince Edward Island to mainland Canada gets my vote. It’s 13 kilometers or 8 miles long, making it the longest bridge in Canada and the longest bridge that spans ice covered water.

“It can take upwards of 10 minutes to cross the bridge and the toll to cross back to the mainland is $50. It’s so long that there are turns and hills on the bridge, in fact you almost forget you’re even on a bridge after a while because it takes so long to cross. P.E.I. is a huge tourism hotspot in the summers and crossing the bridge alone is a draw for some people, it’s part of the experience.

“There was a vote in April and they’re actually changing the name of the bridge to Epekwitk Crossing, Epekwitk being the traditional Mi’kmaq name for the island.”

This is an impressive bridge! The 42,323-foot-long crossing connects the Prince Edward Island off the north east coast on Canada with the mainland.

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Astoria-Megler Bridge

Astoria-Megler Bridge

A photo of a green bridge in Washington State.
Photo: Ron Reiring via Wikimedia Commons

“The bridge across the mouth of the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Megler, Washington. Incredible six-mile long bridge with panoramic views in every direction.

“Built in 1966 and still the longest bridge of its type.”

Great views and a great looking bridge — what more do you need when you’re traversing the country?

Suggested by: Luke Wollam (Facebook)

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Ponte Dom Luis I

Ponte Dom Luis I

A photo of a split level bridge in Portugal.
Photo: Octavio Passos (Getty Images)

“The Ponte Dom Luis I in Porto. Cars on the lower level, trams and pedestrians on the top.”

What a clever bridge we have here! This Portuguese river crossing features a lower deck for cars to drive over and an upper span for pedestrians and trams to cross the river.

The bridge was opened in 1886, with the tramway added to the upper level more than 100 years later.

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Zakim Bridge

Zakim Bridge

A photo of a suspension bridge in Boston at sunset.
Photo: Paul Marotta (Getty Images)

“Big Corp sent some of us to Boston for a training seminar. Talk about a SPECTACULAR design that looked so jaw-droppingly cool—seeing the Zakim Bridge lit up at night as we crossed it.

“Goes to show good design is free—coming up with an ugly bridge takes just as much work.”

In Boston, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge has won fans thanks to its eye-catching design. Completed in 2003, the 1,432 ft bridge spans the Charles River in Boston.

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Pamban Bridge

Pamban Bridge

A photo of a bridge at sunset.
Photo: Ravindraboopathi via Wikimedia Commons

“All bridges are fascinating… the Ambassador Bridge to Canada and the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain are pretty remarkable. I’d also include Napier Bridge in Chennai and Pamban Bridge in Rameswaram as they are close to my heart and in my hometown.”

You’re right, all bridges are fascinating! And these four are some excellent picks for best bridges to drive across.

Suggested by: Saranathan Varadarajan (Facebook)

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Coronado Bridge

Coronado Bridge

A photo of a bridge in California at sunset.
Photo: David McNew (Getty Images)

“My pick is the Coronado Bridge. It rises to a height of 200 feet above the bay, and it’s a little over two miles long. It’s not quite the work of art of some of the ones below, but the view from it is stunning. I cross it almost every day and it never gets old. Seeing that view as I’m heading toward the island makes my life seem just a little bit better every time.”

What this bridge lacks in style, it makes up for with stunning scenery that you can enjoy while traveling between San Diego and Coronado in California.

Suggested by: thedevil

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Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge

Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge

A photo of the Bong memorial bridge.
Photo: Greenmnm69 via Wikimedia Commons

“All the tourists love a gimmicky lift bridge in my town, but the correct answer is the Bong, not just because of the wonderful name, but because the conditions are so favorable for scofflaws that my commute is almost always <8 mins. Surprisingly lightly trafficked, loooong on-ramps, good road surface, shoulders wide enough to calm skittish drivers fearful of the height so they don’t feel compelled to hog the left lane like they do on the older bridge a couple of miles over, but too narrow for the bacon to set up shop. It even has a pedestrian walkway with some nice views.”

Connecting Duluth, Minnesota, with Superior, Wisconsin, is the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge. The bridge opened for its first traffic in 1985.

Suggested by: tehncb

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

A photo of the Sydeny Harbour Bridge illuminated with purple lights.
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“Love a drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, if for nothing else than the fact that it means I’m back home.”

Arguably one of the most famous bridges in the world, if you’re crossing this on your road trip then you know you’re on for a great adventure.

Suggested by: skipp

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