7 Scenic Day Trips with Spectacular Views
By car, train, bicycle or foot, head outside to take in these unforgettable vistas.
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Once billed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Kinzua Bridge was ripped apart by a tornado in 2003.
Linger in the rustic, thoughtfully designed Visitors Center to get a historical sense of the site, then head outside to walk the 600-foot “plank” — actually the remains of the southern span of the bridge, which survived the tornado’s path. A glass window in the observation deck provides a stomach-churning view straight down to the rusted remains of the bridge, which was the highest railroad bridge in the world at 301 feet at the turn of the 20th Century. You also can clutch the hand railing and peer over the walkway’s edge to the forest floor 225 feet below.
Kinzua Bridge State Park, 1721 Lindholm Drive, Mount Jewett, PA 16740; just outside the eastern tip of the Allegheny National Forest
Travel time: 3 hrs
Hiking trails, both easy and strenuous, as they wind down to the forest floor below, where you can see massive shards of the bridge’s skeleton up close.
Fees & Hours
Free. The Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through November, then closed on Sundays.
Moderate hiking trail down to the forest floor.
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