These are the tallest bridges in the United States, as measured from their bases to the tops of their structures. Hundreds of millions of cars, trucks and other vehicles pass over these tallest bridges in the United States on a yearly basis. Each one represents a great engineering marvel of construction, and most are great landmarks in the United States.
The five tallest bridges in the United States. These are not the highest bridges in the United States, but the tallest. The highest bridges are those with the most clearance from their decks to the ground below. The tallest bridgesare measured from their bases to the tops of the bridges.
I've traveled over each one of these tallest bridges in the United States, and a couple of them countless times, and the views from these bridges are fun to see. You can see the five tallest bridges in the world here.
Tallest Bridges in the United States
1. Golden Gate Bridge- 746 feet
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At 746 feet in height from its base to the top part of the structure, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is the tallest bridge in the United States. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that was built from 1933 to 1937 spanning the Golden Gate, which is a strait that connects San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean.
The Golden Gate Bridge is arguably the most famous bridge in the world. I've been to the Golden Gate Bridge a number of times and it is a great sight to see. You can walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, and the views are phenomenal.
2. Foresthill Bridge- 731 feet
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The Foresthill Bridge in California is the second tallest bridge in the United States at 731 feet in height. The Foresthill Bridge is a concrete bridge that spans across the North Fork of the American River between the city of Auburn and Foresthill in north-central California, northeast of Sacramento.
3. Verrazano Narrows Bridge- 693 feet
The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is 693 feet tall, as it spans the Narrows, the tidal strait that separates the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City. The Hudson River empties into the Atlantic Ocean through the Narrows. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is a suspension bridge that was completed in 1964.
The Verrazano is one of the longest bridges in the United States, and the world. Living in the New York City area, I've crossed over the Verrazano countless times, and I always enjoy the views from the bridge. The NYC Marathon begins in Staten Island at the Verrazano.
4. George Washington Bridge- 604 feet
Another New York City bridge and landmark, the George Washington Bridge, is the fourth tallest bridge in the United States with a height of 604 feet. The George Washington Bridge, called the GWB by New Yorkers, spans the Hudson River between Fort Lee, New Jersey and Upper Manhattan in New York City. It was completed in 1931.
A massive amount of traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge on a daily basis. I've crossed the GWB even more times than the Verrazano, going to places like Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports, and on my way to Boston and New England. You can also walk across the George Washington Bridge, and the views of NYC to the south, and the Hudson River Valley to the north are superb.
5. Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge- 571 feet
The cable-stayed Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that spans the Cooper River connecting the cities of Charleston and Mount Pleasant in South Carolina, is the fifth tallest bridge in the United States at 571 feet in height. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was completed in 2005. It was named for a former U.S. Congressmen who was a major sponsor in having the bridge built.
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