This post originally appeared at Travel + Leisure.They’re a means to an end: bridges are fundamentally a way to get from point A to point B. But as designs get bigger and bolder, bridges have also become destinations in their own right—as highlighted by the strong ranking of bridges in T+L’s survey of the top new landmarks.
While the Millau Viaduct bridge has become a near-instant icon, no tribute to these spanning structures would be complete without the Brooklyn Bridge, whose masterful combination of stone archways and steel cables—juxtaposed against the Manhattan skyline—makes for absolutely breathtaking photos. France’s Millau Viaduct bridge, unveiled in 2004, was a survey favourite for its daring beauty—stretching more than 8,000 feet across a gorge 1,132 feet below. It also inspires travellers to stop for a photo-op.
The Ponte Vecchio in Florence rivals the Brooklyn Bridge as one of the world’s most photographed; it draws travellers not only for its medieval good looks but for its jam-packed boutiques selling primarily gold and silver jewelry. No shopaholic will just cross this bridge over the Arno River nonchalantly—and it’s a rare tourist who leaves without a few shots of the bridge and the surrounding hills and cypress trees.
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