Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston

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Bridge Tourist Spot
Spanning 471 m (1,546 ft) over Charleston's Cooper River, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge stands as one of the world's longest cable-stayed bridges. Two support towers extend 175 m (575 ft), holding up eight lanes of traffic, and have been designed to withstand earthquakes, hurricane-force winds, and other extreme weather and disasters. You can walk or bike across the entirety of the bridge on the dedicated footpath for a sweeping view of the river and the surrounding urban area. Make Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge a part of your Charleston vacation plans using our Charleston vacation builder.
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  • Fantastic views from this bridge over the water. And the bridge itself is stunning. Many people walking and running over this bridge at all hours as well for those athletically inclined.  more »
  • This is a lovely bridge as you can see and a pleasure to travel over, Charleston is a great town with a lot of character.  more »
  • The tarps fell down on our cars even though a sharp-eyed citizen called them and warned them before it happened! There goes a whole lost day...  more »
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  • Beautiful bridge and awesome landmark for a beautiful historic city. Comically named after a self important jerk of a politician who helped secure funding for the bridge when building it was the only obvious option anyway. Should be named after any other deserving prominent historic figure or hero.
  • Great place to run and work out. Good views of the area.
  • It's a pretty bridge! Takes you over water effectively. Beautiful scenery, take the walking lane up.
  • Great place to walk, jog, or bike. Nice view.
  • Beautiful and well maintained walk but more could be done for safety of individuals.

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