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