Highest Bridges in the United States
These are the highest bridges in the United States as measured from their decks where the cars and trucks drive across to the ground or water below. The views from these bridges are spectacular for anyone driving or walking over and across them. Two of these highest bridges in the United States were built as tourist attractions and attract millions of visitors a year. All of these bridges are heavily traveled as they serve the purpose of transportation and commerce in the United States.
1) Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado - 1,053 feet
The highest bridge in the United States as measured from the deck or driving surface of the bridge down to the ground below is the 1,053 foot high Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado. When completed in 1929 the Royal Gorge Bridge was the highest bridge in the world until it was surpassed in 2003 by the Beipanjiang River Bridge in China. The Royal Gorge Bridge was built as a tourist attraction and you can see more photos and read more about the bridge at Royal Gorge Bridge is the Highest Bridge in the United States and a Beautiful Tourist Attraction in Colorado
2) Hoover Dam Bypass or the Mike O'Callahan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge - 890 feet
The second highest bridge in the United States is the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge also known as the Mike O'Callahan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is 890 feet high. The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge spans the Colorado River and gorge just south of the Hoover Dam which is a huge tourist attraction especially with visitors from Las Vegas. The Hoover Dam Bypass was built to relieve congestion and also to keep the Hoover Dam safe from possible terrorist attacks.
3) New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia - 876 feet
The 2nd highest bridge in the United States is the New River Gorge Bridge located in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Built from 1974-1977 the New River Gorge Bridge is a steel-arch bridge that takes Highway 19 over the New River in the New River Gorge Preserve about 1 mile northeast of downtown Fayetteville. The New River Gorge Preserve is run by the National Park Service and there is a visitor center run by the Park Service at the northern end of the bridge where visitors can see beautiful views of the bridge and gorge and descend down into part of the gorge along a stone staircase.
4) Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona - 740 feet
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The Grand Canyon Skywalk juts out 740 feet above the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Peach Spring, Arizona. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is glass bottomed and offers tourists and visitors a great unique way to see the Grand Canyon.
5) Foresthill Bridge in California - 730 feet
The Foresthill Bridge is a Cantilever truss bridge that spans the North Fork Canyon 730 feet above the North Fork of the American River in Northern California along Foresthill Road just east of Auburn and Route 80. Built from 1971 to 1973 the Foresthill Bridge was originally planned to span across the Auburn Dam but the dam was never built leaving the Foresthill Bridge as a beautiful site to see. Getting to the Foresthill Bridge could not be easier at it is located just 1 mile east of Route 80 at exit 121 along Foresthill Road.
6) Glade Creek Bridge in West Virginia - 700 feet
Located a few miles east of Beckley, West Virginia the Glade Creek Bridge also known as the Phil G. McDonald Memorial Bridge takes Interstate 64 across Glade Creek at a height of 700 feet which makes the Glade Creek Bridge the 5th highest bridge in the United States and the highest Interstate bridge in the country. The Glade Creek Bridge or Phil G. McDonald Memorial Bridge was built in 1988 and is located just 20 miles south of the more well known New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia.
7) Glen Canyon Dam Bridge - 690 feet
Located almost within spitting distance just south of the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona is the 1,560 foot long Glen Canyon Dam Bridge which at 690 feet in height is the 6th highest bridge in the United States. Built in 1959 the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge looks as if it is growing right out of the rock face in Arizona and offers drivers over the bridge great views of the Glen Canyon Dam which is located upstream from the Grand Canyon.
7) Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - 650 feet
Located about 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico where it spans and carries Route 64 over the Rio Grande Gorge is the 650 foot high and 1,280 foot long Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Built in 1965 the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge offers drivers, tourists and travelers spectacular views of the Rio Grande Gorge and surrounding countryside in northern New Mexico.
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