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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NEW RIVER GORGE
Once the “longest,” the view is just as spectacular as the accolades.
It was once the world’s longest single-span arch bridge, at 3,030 feet; at 876 feet tall, it is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world, and the third-highest in the United States. Bridge construction began in 1974; three years later, point-to-point travel time was reduced from 40 minutes to less than a minute. Take a staircase down into the gorge to view the bridge, or visit on Bridge Day each October for rappelling, ascending and BASE jumping demonstrations. For more adventure, take the guided, safety-rigged Bridge Walk on the 2-foot-wide steel catwalk under the roadway.
New River Gorge Bridge, Canyon Rim Visitor Center, 162 Visitor Center Road, Lansing, WV 25862
Travel time: 3½ hrs
Salamanders! West Virginia is home to 34 different species, many of which can be found in New River Gorge’s waterways.
Fees & Hours
Free. The park is open year-round; Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The staircase descends 200+ steps into the gorge to a viewing deck and sitting area; rest up for the return trip to the top — it’s a bear.
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