West Point, New York
Hemmed in by mountains at one of the Hudson River’s narrowest spots, just south of West Point, this is among the most picturesque bridges in America. After your walk, hop in your car and drive the winding road to the top of Bear Mountain, then climb the stone observation tower for an epic view of Manhattan’s towers, 45 miles south (free). — Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/CORBIS
En español | Leaping across rivers, canyons and seemingly endless seas, bridges can provide cheap — and dramatic — thrills. But a quick drive over a scenic bridge can be frustrating; you want to stop the car, lean over the railing and soak in the scenery. Happily, there are lots of must-see bridges that are as welcoming to pedestrians as they are to vehicles. What’s more, with few exceptions even toll bridges don’t generally charge for folks on foot. Here are six camera-ready crossings.