by Linda (minnemom) of Travels with Children
These bridges, some of the world’s highest, would certainly take my breath away.
The Royal Gorge Bridge – Colorado
The Royal Gorge Bridge near Canon City, Colorado, is 1053 feet above the Arkansas River. It was built in 1929 with the intention of being a tourist attraction, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The wooden walkway of the bridge is made of 1292 planks, and a railroad runs below at the bottom of the Royal Gorge. It is the highest bridge in the world.
The Millau Viaduct – France
The Millau Viaduct in southern France boasts the highest road deck in the world, at 890 feet over the Tarn River. Built in 2004, its highest mast is taller than the Eiffel Tower.
The Perrine Bridge – Twin Falls, Idaho
The only bridge in the United States where BASE Jumping is allowed year-round without a permit. When the original bridge was opened in 1927, it was the highest bridge in the world. The bridge was replaced in 1974 and now stands 486 feet above the Snake River.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge – North Vancouver, British Columbia
230 feet above the Capilano River and originally built in 1888, the bridge has been upgraded and replaced several time and now attracts over 800,000 people a year.
The Crooked River High Bridge – Oregon
This bridge was completed in 1926 in Oregon. When the old bridge was unable to keep up with traffic demands, a new bridge was built nearby, but the old bridge remains open to pedestrians, 295 feet above the Crooked River Gorge.
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – New Mexico
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge over the Rio Grande, in New Mexico, 650 feet below. It was completed in 1965 and was once named Most Beautiful Steel Bridge in the Long Span category by the American Institute of Steel Construction.
The Glen Canyon Bridge – Arizona
The Glen Canyon Bridge is just downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam which creates Lake Powell at Page, Arizona. Complete in 1964, it carries U.S. Route 89 700 feet above the canyon.
The Navajo Bridges – Arizona
The Navajo Bridges are near-twins over the Colorado River’s Marble Canyon in Arizona, 464 feet high. The original bridge was completed in 1929 and is open to pedestrian and equestrian traffic, while its newer counterpart was opened in 1995 and carries U.S. Route 89A.
The Foresthill Bridge – California
The Foresthill Bridge stands 730 feet over the American River in California. It is the tallest bridge in California. Also called the Foresthill-Auburn Bridge or Auburn Bridge, it was opened in 1973. Pedestrians can walk from end to end.
The New River Gorge Bridge – West Virginia
The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia stands 876 feet over the New River. Completed in 1977, it was for many years the longest steel-arch bridge in the world. Until 2004, it was the longest vehicular bridge in the world. It is featured on the West Virginia state quarter that was issued in 2005.
The Golden Gate Bridge – California
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA, 200 feet above the water, is one of the most-photographed places in the United States. Open to both traffic and pedestrians, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1937.
The Brooklyn Bridge – New York
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It was opened in 1883 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1964. It’s 135 feet above the East River at its highest point, and just over a mile long. It is open to both vehicle traffic and pedestrians.
The Seven Mile Bridge – Florida
The Seven Mile Bridge to the Florida Keys isn’t as high, rising only 65 feet above the water, but what it lacks in height it makes up for in length, at nearly seven miles long. The original lanes were built in the early 1900′s, and the now-used parallel section was opened in 1982.
Information source: Wikipedia.