These Pedestrian Bridges Have the Most Scenic Views of the Country
Footbridges are designed to transport you from point A to B, but a select few take their roles way over the top. Walking, in of itself, is not just pedestrian: A good long walk can serve as therapy session, meditative practice, or body-changing workout. And now, perhaps more than ever, we're all being beckoned out of doors. Here, six floating pathways and how to take your ambulation one step beyond.
Gatlinburg SkyBridge in Tennessee
From the 680-foot-long Gatlinburg SkyBridge, in Tennessee, you'll see eye to eye with the Smokies. The bridge is a true marvel of innovation—constructed from over three miles of cable, 140 planks of cedar, and 1 million pounds of concrete. If you dare, peer through its glass-bottomed center to the lush valley 140 feet below.
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Council Buffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska
Straddle a state line on the 3,000-foot Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which draws an S over the Missouri River and offers panoramic views of Omaha's skyline. And your excursion doesn't have to stop there: The bridge is connected to more than 150 miles of nature trails that branch out into a network across state lines.
Liberty Bridge in Greenville, South Carolina
Sundial Bridge in Redding, California
Enjoy every moment on the sculptural Sundial Bridge designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Its 217-foot-tall pylon shoots skyward at a diagonal, casting a shadow that tracks time on a nearby dial plate. This also, coincidentally, makes it the world's largest working sundial.
BP Pedestrian Bridge in Chicago, Illinois
If you prefer city skylines over natural landscapes, the BP Pedestrian Bridge may be more of your speed. This 925-foot bridge snakes along Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago. Some of its coolest features: It's clad in brushed stainless-steel panels and the overall form provides an acoustic barrier that actually buffers the noise of traffic underfoot.
The High Line in New York City, New York
If you're touring the Big Apple, the High Line may offer the best views of the city. Originally, the structure was built in the 1930s as an elevated freight train bridge, but it has since reopened in 2009 as a so-called "floating park" on the west side of Manhattan, stretching from Gansevoort Street up to 30th Street.