Philadelphia December 23, 2017
Cross These 11 Bridges In Philadelphia Just Because They’re So Awesome
Philadelphia is surrounded by rivers and canals, from Manayunk to the mighty Delaware to the scenic Schuylkill. There are so many historic and impressive bridges that cross these waterways, and Philadelphians pass by these bridges every day. Next time you happen to be on or nearby one of these bridges in Philadelphia, take a few minutes to appreciate their architecture and history.
1. Falls Bridge
Falls Bridge is a gorgeous steel bridge that crosses the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park. It's a favorite place for cyclists due to the pretty view.
2. Ben Franklin Bridge
Philadelphia's most iconic bridge opened as the Delaware River Bridge on July 1, 1926, three days ahead of schedule. Local legend states that nothing involving the BFB was completed ahead of schedule ever again.
3. Wissahickon Covered Bridge
The bright red covered bridge in Wissahickon Park was built in 1737, and it's the only remaining covered bridge in the park.
4. Manayunk Bridge
You'll have to walk or pedal across the historic Manayunk Viaduct between Bala Cynwyd in and Manayunk, but the view is worth the effort.
5. Girard Point Bridge
This double decker truss bridge caries I-95 over the Schuylkill River.
6. Walt Whitman Bridge
The Walt Whitman Bridge, spanning from Camden to South Philly, opened in May of 1957. It's one of the largest bridges on the East Coast.
7. South Street Bridge
One of the best views of Philadelphia's skyline comes from the South Street Bridge - it's a favorite spot for morning joggers to take a short rest.
8. Market Street Bridge
Enjoy a pretty view of historic 30th Street Station when you cross the Market Street Bridge. If you're driving, you'll probably have plenty of time to enjoy the view. Traffic here can be intense!
9. Tacony-Palmyra Bridge
The Tacony-Palmyra bridge is so interesting to me. For one, signs for the bridge start as far away as Ocean County! Also, it's a major river crossing bridge, but it still occasionally halts traffic to open up for large ships. It's definitely unique when compared to the other major Delaware River bridges.
10. Strawberry Mansion Bridge
The historic Strawberry Mansion bridge is always a sight to see, especially at night. From the crossing, you'll find beautiful views of Philadelphia.
11. Betsy Ross Bridge
The Betsy Ross Bridge crossing the Delaware River opened during America's bicentennial year in 1976, and was named for the famous seamstress that made many of the flags carried by the Revolutionary Army. It was the first automotive bridge named for a woman in America.
You’ll catch impressive views of the skyline or neighborhood from any of the above spots. After all, these bridges are all Philadelphia landmarks, much like these
12 Iconic Places Every True Philadelphian Will Instantly Recognize.
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