When you’re going on a vacation or a short trip out of town, there are a lot of different options for attractions to see. Most of those attractions are usually at the end of your trip, including landmarks, scenic locations, and chances to participate in outdoor recreation. Sometimes though, the attraction you get to see is on the way to your destination. Sometimes, you don’t even have to exit the car.
One of these types of attractions, something that will end up being memorable for everyone headed there, is the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
The Astoria-Megler Bridge crosses the mouth of the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon. It’s the last bridge crossing over the river before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Astoria, on the south side of the bridge, is a fun little community with a unique history and a lot of ties to the famed Lewis & Clark Expedition. This is also a gateway towards some very popular destinations, including Cannon Beach and Seaside to the south and Long Beach to the north.
The great thing about the Astoria-Megler Bridge though is its dramatic look and the experience of driving across it. Before construction of the bridge was completed in 1966, the only way to cross the river there was by ferry. The bridge is 28 feet wide but stretches for over four miles across open water. This makes it quite the experience to just drive across it as it can take a bit of time. For most people, this will be the longest bridge they have ever driven across.
On a clear day, views from the bridge are amazing. You’ll be able to look upriver towards the inland forests and downriver out to sea. Many people, especially those staying in the area, will purposefully backtrack across the bridge to have the experience of crossing it all over again. There are some great photo taking spots on both shores where your kids or entire family can be photographed with the bridge in the background.
More than 7,000 vehicles cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge every day and if you are traveling along the southern Washington coastline or the northern Oregon coast, you could be one of them. Everyone in your vehicle will love spending time driving across the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
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