6 Iconic Bridges Spanning the Globe

iconic bridges tower bridge header
Tom Bricker/Flickr
While bridges provide the means of connecting two points geographically — spanning a valley or a body of water — they are also technological masterpieces. The world’s most iconic bridges are not only engineering marvels, but also works of art that have become iconic landmarks in their own right.

Here are our six favorite bridges from around the globe.

Golden Gate Bridge (United States)

iconic bridges Golden Gate
Russ Sanderlin/Flickr

Completed in 1937, the strait linking the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean is covered by this orange icon that may be one of the most recognized bridges in the world. It took four years to complete and it remained the longest suspension bridge main span for almost three decades.

Sydney Harbour Bridge (Australia)

iconic bridges Sydney Harbour
cortezopperman/Flickr

Nicknamed “The Coathanger” due to its arch shaped design, the bridge connects Sydney and the North Shore. Providing a dramatic backdrop to the harbour and the Sydney Opera House, the landmark structure is the largest though not the longest steel arch bridge. It first opened in 1932.

Brooklyn Bridge (United States)

iconic bridges Brooklyn Bridge
dumbonyc/Flickr

Fording the East River since 1883, the bridge’s construction took fourteen years and cost more than $15 million. Approximately 150,000 cars and pedestrians utilize this granite and steel behemoth daily to get between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Tower Bridge (England)

iconic bridges Tower Bridge
Daniel Vig/Flickr

In a city that is full of historic icons, Tower Bridge still stands out over the River Thames. This hybrid bascule (aka drawbridge) and suspension bridge, completed in 1894, consists of two bridge towers connected by dual, high-level walkways in addition to the pivoting sections that allow larger vessels to safely navigate the river.

Vasco da Gama Bridge (Portugal)

iconic bridges Vasco de Gama
F Mira/Flickr

Named after the famed explorer, the longest bridge in Europe (including its viaducts) has stretched across the Tagus River since 1998. Costing more than $1 billion, this beautiful and functional bridge diverts traffic away from the country’s capital.

Tsing Ma Bridge (Hong Kong)

iconic bridges Tsing Ma bridge
FHKE/Flickr

The longest rail-and-road suspension bridge in the world measures just over 4,500 feet in length. Completed in 1997 with a price tag just under $1 billion, this modern marvel carries six lanes of automobile traffic on its bridge deck. The lower deck contains two rail tracks along with additional sheltered traffic lanes for use when severe weather strikes the region.

Food & Drink

Bringing Beer Knowledge to the Masses is a Priority for Max Bakker

Need to know something about beer? You might want to ask this guy.
Culture

How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend

If you're a record collector in New York City, then we've got your weekend plans set. On Saturday, July 27, Discogs -- one of the top names in the vinyl-selling business -- is hosting a sweet festival in Times Square.
Travel

Bowlus Road Chief’s Luxurious Endless Highways Is the Original Silver Bullet Camper

Airstream popularized the iconic silver bullet design, but Bowlus Road Chief did it first.
Food & Drink

The Best Wine Country Regions in the U.S. for Outdoor Adventures

Want to experience the great outdoors while also drinking wine? Here are the best places in the United States to go for a rugged wine country experience. You'll probably want to take your wine to go.
Travel

Find the Most Unique, Undiscovered Campsites in the U.S. With Hipcamp

Booking the perfect campsite doesn't have to suck anymore.
Travel

12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views

From an infinity pool high above Santorini to a two-story waterhole in the rainforests of Bali, these are the best hotel pools across the globe.
Travel

You Need a Vacation: 5 Midwestern Camp-Style Lodges Where You Can Unplug

Believe it or not, rustic woodland getaways still exist. We've pulled together a shortlist of the finest hotels located within some of the country's most beautiful, largely overlooked natural settings.
Travel

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet?
Travel

Travelers Can Now Bring Some CBD Products on Airplanes (Sort of)

Technically, the TSA is cool with it, but like everything the government touches, it's not as simple as it appears.
Travel

This New York Hotel Is Actually a 3D-Printed Mars Habitat

We can't yet escape the sea of humanity here on Earth, but this might be the next best thing.
Travel

What Americans Need to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

Heading to Cuba? Don't be caught unprepared -- here are the essential things every American should know.
Travel

Trek the Arctic Circle Like a WWII Soldier with Ex-U.K. Special Forces

Because some travelers appreciate doing a hard thing just for the sheer pride of knowing they did it.
Travel

Sweden’s Viking-Inspired Arctic Bath Is Now Taking Reservations

This retro-future, floating hotel spa is straight out of Westeros.
Travel

Help Wanted: An Idyllic Scottish Island Is Looking for a Sheep Dike Repairman

If you love sheep, idyllic islands, Scottish accents, and mending walls, there's a job in Scotland with your name on it.