Spectacular Bridges in the West

Discover the amazing variety of spans that soar across canyons and over rivers and bays.

Glen Canyon Bridge, image

The 1,271-foot-long, steel-arch Glen Canyon Bridge, which soars 700 feet above the Colorado River, was built between 1957 and 1959.

Bridges help us, literally, to make the leap from one place to another. But they are also a passport to the land of imagination and a reminder of human ingenuity. Check out VIA’s archive of eight articles saluting works of art spanning the Western landscape.

Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75
To celebrate the power of this enduring landmark—and how to appreciate it from all the right angles—learn its secrets and check out the best places to visit.

Western Bridges with Great Views
Engineering challenges, admirable artistry, and magnificent settings make four unusual bridges destinations that are worth the drive. 

Scottsdale’s Soleri Bridge
Paolo Soleri, the visionary Italian-born architect, built a stylish span in Scottsdale, Ariz., that’s both a footbridge and a solar calendar.

Western Bridges
Nine bridges showcase the artistry and skill of designers and engineers.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Opening in 1936, the bridge was an 8.4-mile, $77 million, double-deck marvel: two end-to-end suspension bridges over 100-foot-deep waters from San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island, and one of the world’s longest cantilever spans continuing eastward from there to Oakland.

Oregon Covered Bridges
With 50 covered bridges, Oregon has more than any other state this side of the Mississippi. Here are six we think you should see.

Oregon Coast Bridges
Leaping Romanesque arches, elegant Gothic spires, and stately art deco obelisks make up a string of stunning bridges created by Conde McCullough, an engineer with an artistic flair.

The Sundial Bridge in Redding, Calif.
Santiago Calatrava, one of the world's foremost bridge designers, created a glass and steel beauty that also serves as a sundial.

Photography courtesy of Wikipedia

This article was first published in July 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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