Top 15 Highest Bridges in the US [Update 2021]

People here might be confused about the tallest bridge and the highest bridge. So here is a small explanation to that- highest bridges are taken into account considering the height from the bridge to the level surface which might be the ground or water surface. These bridges seem beautiful when you take a look from the distance or just see pictures. Yet, they might be scary as well when you are on the top of it and you look down to see what is beneath it. There are many such bridges throughout the world but China includes most of them. 

There are a few highest bridges in the US as well, so here is a list of it:



1. Royal Gorge Bridge (955 ft)

Royal Gorge Bridge is one of the Highest Bridges in the US

Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest Bridge in the US which is also a popular vacation destination close to Cañon City, Colorado inside Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. It is a 360-section of land tourist place situated along the edge of the Royal Gorge around the two finishes of the extension. This highest bridge in the US crosses the canyon 955 feet over the Arkansas River and held the record of most noteworthy extension on the planet from 1929 until 2001 when it was outperformed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China.

2. Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (890 ft)

Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is a curve connected in the United States that traverses the Colorado River between the conditions of Arizona and Nevada. This bridge is situated inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area around 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, and conveys Interstate 11 and U.S. Highway 93 over the Colorado River.

3. New River Gorge Bridge (876 ft)

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel curve connecting 3,030 feet long over the New River Gorge close to Fayetteville, West Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. With a curve 1,700 feet long, the New River Gorge Bridge was the world’s longest single-range curve connect for a long term.



4. Foresthill Bridge (730 ft)

Foresthill Bridge

The Foresthill Bridge, additionally alluded to as the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge or the Auburn Bridge, is a street connect traverse the North Fork American River in Placer County and the Sierra Nevada lower regions, in eastern California. It is the most elevated scaffold by deck tallness in California, the fourth most elevated in the United States, and among the seventy most noteworthy on the planet at 730 feet over the waterway. Certainly this is one of the highest bridges in the US. 

5. Grand Canyon Skywalk (720 ft)

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a 720-foot-high horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge with a glass walkway located near the Colorado River in Eagle Point, Arizona, on the brink of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West region of the main canyon. The elevation at the Skywalk’s location is 4,770 ft (1,450 m), and the elevation of the Colorado River in the canyon’s base is 1,160 ft (350 m), according to USGS topographic maps. They also show that the height of the precisely vertical drop directly beneath the skywalk is between 500 ft (150 m) and 800 ft (200 m) (240 m). The attraction surpassed one million visitors in 2015.

6. Phil G. McDonald Bridge (700 ft)

Phil G. McDonald Bridge

The Phil G. McDonald Memorial Bridge, otherwise called the Glade Creek Bridge, is a deck support connection situated in Raleigh County, West Virginia close to the city of Beckley. The scaffold is among the ten most elevated extensions in the United States, and the most elevated scaffold inside the Interstate Highway System being a piece of I-64, with a deck tallness of 700 ft above Glade Creek.



7. Glen Canyon Dam Bridge (699 ft)

Glen Canyon Dam Bridge

The Glen Canyon Dam Bridge is a steel curve connected in Coconino County, Arizona, conveying U.S. Highway 89 over the Colorado River. The scaffold was initially worked by the United States Bureau of Reclamation to encourage transportation of materials for the Glen Canyon Dam, which lies near the extension only 865 feet upstream. The two-path connection has a general length of 1,271 feet with a deck 699 feet over the waterway, making it the perhaps the most noteworthy highest bridge in the United States.

8. Glen Canyon Dam Suspension Footbridge (640 ft)

The Glen Canyon Dam Suspension Footbridge has a height of 640 feet and a width of 1280 feet. The suspension bridge is tall, although not quite as tall as the world’s highest suspension bridge, the Aizhai Bridge (1150 feet). The Glen Canyon Dam Bridge was erected between 1958 and 1964 to assist workers with the building of the massive Glen Canyon Dam. The dam was built during a seven-year period, beginning in 1956. The workmen were able to stroll over the river from the south bank, where the town of Page was located when the footbridge was completed. People could see through the river as they passed, so going through the “chicken wire” was not as easy as it appeared.

9. Bidwell Bar Bridge (627 ft)

The first steel suspension bridge in California is the two suspension bridges that cross separate portions of Lake Oroville. Due to the historic character of the bridge, workers and contractors were obliged to completely demolish and rebuild it in 1965. This California bridge, with a height of 627 feet and a span length of 1108 feet, cost more than $34 million to build. Jones and Murray, contractors from Sacramento, created the magnificent bridge.



10. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (500 ft)

Between 1963 and 1965, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge was built. Visitors that cross it, like many other high bridges in the United States, are treated to a beautiful view. The bridge stands 500 feet tall and covers a width of 1050 feet.

Since its completion, the bridge’s design has been praised by several organizations and prominent personalities, including the American Institute of Steel Construction, which named it the Most Beautiful Long Span Steel Bridge of 1966, among many other honours. 

11. Perrine Bridge (486 ft)

In the western United States, the I. B. Perrine Bridge is a four-lane truss arch bridge. It connects Jerome County and Interstate 84 and is located in Twin Falls, Idaho. It carries US Highway 93 across the Snake River Canyon.

The Perrine Bridge is the ninth tallest bridge in the United States, measuring roughly 1,500 feet (457 meters) in length with a main span of 993 feet (303 meters) and a deck height of 486 feet (148 meters) over the Snake River. The bridge deck sits at a height of around 3,600 feet above sea level (1,100 m).

12. Navajo Bridge (467 ft)

Each of the two steel spandrel arch bridges that cross the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park (at Lees Ferry) in northern Coconino County, Arizona, is known as a Navajo Bridge. The younger of the two bridges transport automobile traffic across Marble Canyon between Bitter Springs and Jacob Lake on U.S. Route 89A (US 89A), giving access to a desolate region north of the Colorado River, including the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

With almost equal heights of 467 feet (142.3 m) for the original span and 470 feet (143.3 m) for the second span, the Navajo Bridge is tied for the tenth position among the tallest bridges in the United States.

13. Moyie River Canyon Bridge (464 ft)

The Moyie River Canyon Bridge is a steel truss cantilever bridge that crosses the Moyie River near Moyie Springs, Idaho, just east of Bonners Ferry. The bridge, which was built in 1965, is located at mile marker 70 on US Route 2. The bridge is 1,223 feet (373 meters) long and 464 feet (141 meters) high, and it replaces an old bridge erected downstream from Moyie Dam in 1923.

14. Pine Valley Creek Bridge (450 ft)

The Nello Irwin Greer Memorial Bridge, also known as the Pine Valley Creek Bridge, is a reinforced concrete box girder bridge in San Diego County, California, near the community of Pine Valley. The Interstate 8 (I-8) highway system included the construction of the bridge in 1974. It was the first bridge in the United States to be built utilizing the segmental balanced cantilever technique at the time of its completion. The northern span measures 1,691 feet (515.4 meters), while the southern bridge measures 1,741 feet (530.7 meters). Pine Valley Creek Bridge is one of the tallest bridges in the United States, with two spans rising 450 feet (137.2 meters) above the valley level.

15. Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge (400 ft)

The Santa Ynez Mountains’ Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge connects Santa Barbara with Santa Ynez, California. State Route 154 is well marked on the bridge.

It is now the tallest arch bridge in the state of California, as well as one of the highest bridges in the country. The bridge deck rises 400 feet (122 meters) above the canyon bottom at its tallest point. The bridge is also the state’s biggest steel arch bridge. It was decided that it was qualified for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places as a site of outstanding historical importance.

These are some of the best tourist spots and you can certainly visit these. The amazing distance from the ground level to the bridge looks scary, yet mesmerizing. The engineers and architects have pulled up great work behind these and the list might increase in the near future. 



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