Bridges are amazing. They join two land masses over large or small spans and give us access to otherwise difficult to reach destinations. While many may be considered just average, there are some that offer their own unique appeal and are themselves, popular destinations for travel, which leads us to today’s topic. From Michigan to London and beyond, William Bailey Travel invites you to take a closer look at 3 of the must-visit bridges in the world today.
Bridge of Sighs – Venice, Italy
Located in the city of Venice in Northern Italy, the Bridge of Sighs was built in 1600. Part of legends and lore in Venice, it is even said that if lovers kiss beneath the bridge while riding in a gondola, they will enjoy eternal love. Whether this is true or not, more than a few lovers hop in a gondola and make the trip to the bridge in hopes of solidifying their love. Known as Ponte dei Sospiri in Italian, this bridge is by far one of the most well-known in not just Italy, but the word. Made of white limestone, what the bridge lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty and history. To see the inside you would have to schedule a tour however, the exterior is always available up close via gondola.
Mackinac Bridge – Mackinaw, Michigan
Nicknamed the Mighty Mac to those who know it best, the Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge which connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. The 16th largest suspension bridge in the world, it is the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. Completed in 1957 the Mackinac may not be accessible on a daily basis to anyone other than those doing maintenance, it does open once a year to foot traffic. During this bridgewalk each Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands make the journey including the governor of the state.
London Bridge – London, England
Perhaps the most well-known bridge in the world, the London Bridge has a long and sordid history. The location where the current London Bridge stands has long been a bridge in fact, it is believed that the first bridge was probably put here during Roman times. Rebuilt a total of 7 times, the last of which was sold to a developer and shipped to Lake Havasu in the U.S., this bridge remains one of the most visited and known in the world. Looking for a fun way to visit the bridge, check out the unique and creepy London Bridge Experience.
There are thousands of other bridges, some plain, some historic, some massive and others small, but each has its own history and its own appeal to someone. What is your favorite bridge?