Want to wow your friends with some travel trivia at your next game night?
Here’s a good one, can you name the longest bridges in the U.S?
If you aren’t sure what the answer is, then you’re in the right place. We’re going to tell you a little bit about some of the longest bridges in the U.S. so you can build your travel trivia knowledge and find a few cool spots to visit on your next trip.
So let’s get to it!
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – Louisiana
You might know this bridge by another name, the Gateway to the Gulf Expressway. Built-in 2009, this bridge is actually two in one. Two separate bridges, one for northbound traffic and one for southbound sit parallel to each other for the 24-mile journey over Lake Pontchartrain.
Manchac Swamp Bridge – Louisiana
You might be interested in knowing that the second-longest bridge in America, the Manchac Swamp Bridge also runs over Lake Pontchartrain too! It shouldn’t come as a big surprise given the name, but because this bridge runs over a swamp, it was incredibly difficult and expensive to build. It’s estimated each mile costs $7 million to build!
Atchafalaya Basin Bridge – Louisiana
If you’re starting to realize that Louisiana is home to some pretty incredible bridges, you’re right. The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge is the third-largest in the US and the 14th largest in the world. It’s just over 18 miles long and serves as a portion of Interstate 10 which runs from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida.
Interstate 10 is also home to the Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge. It’s a concrete trestle bridge and is just shy of 11 miles long, ranking it as one of the longest bridges in America.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Virginia
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has a few unique things going for it. First, when it was under construction in the early 1960s, it was one of the longest bridges in the world. It’s also a combination bridge and tunnel system and there are only 10 of those in the world. Whatever you do, make sure you take some time to enjoy the view.
Thousand Islands Bridge – New York
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Head north of the border and you’ll find the Thousand Islands Bridge. It’s an international bridge that goes over the Saint Lawrence River and connects Alexandria Bay, New York, and Ivy Lea, Ontario. This bridge is just over 8 miles long and unlike many others of this length, has a pedestrian walkway.
Jubilee Parkway – Alabama
The Jubilee Parkway is another bridge on Interstate 10. This one runs across Mobile Bay and connects Mobile to Spanish Fort, Alabama. This bridge has a similar design to others in the region, made of concrete and consisting of two parallel lanes for northbound and southbound traffic.
San Mateo–Hayward Bridge
The famous bridge in California that most people think about is the Golden Gate Bridge. But it’s the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge that makes the list of the longest bridges in the U.S. This bridge is 7 miles long and spans the length of the San Francisco Bay.