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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

32386 Lankford Hwy (Bridge offices), Cape Charles, Virginia 23310 USA

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At nearly 20 miles long, there will be points during a drive on the bridge where you feel like you’re just out in the middle of the ocean, with no land in sight (other than the bridge, of course.) There are spots where you can stop off and fish, and even if you don’t have fishing gear, it’s still cool to stop and look around and chat with whoever is there. There used to be a restaurant/rest stop along the bridge as well, but even though it’s closed due to construction, it’s still cool that that’s even a thing that was deemed necessary. The bridge is definitely worth detouring to cruise, and the areas it links in Maryland and Virginia are really unique, more rural expanses of the East Coast.

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“a modern engineering wonder”

For over 50 years, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has captured worldwide attention as a modern engineering wonder and an important East Coast travel convenience. Crossing over and under open waters where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Bridge-Tunnel provides a direct link between Southeastern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware plus the Eastern Shore counties in Maryland and Virginia), and cuts 95 miles from the journey between Virginia Beach and points north of Wilmington, Delaware. Following its opening on April 15, 1964, the Bridge-Tunnel was selected "One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World" in a worldwide competition that included more than one hundred major projects. In addition, in 1965, it was distinguished as "The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement" by the American Society of Civil Engineers. To date, over 115 million commercial and passenger vehicles have crossed the Bridge-Tunnel. In order to meet future traffic demands and provide for a safer crossing, construction of a parallel crossing project began in summer 1995, and opened to four-lane traffic on April 19, 1999. No less challenging than construction of the original span, this project once again drew focus to a remarkable achievement in engineering and construction.

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  • 7 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
May 16, 2014

really cool experience going from a bridge to a tunnel underwater - twice! nice view too! i wouldn't go out of my way to do it again, but if you get the chance, you've gotta do it at least once

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April 17, 2019

Photo #2 is NOT the CBBT but the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.

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  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 09, 2016
Rated 3.0

Beautiful drive. Fascinating infrastructure. It's a toll road. Didn't know until we got there and we were just making the drive across and back. There are places to turn around though so at least it was only one way pay.

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December 19, 2019

I crossed this beautiful bridge in July, 2019 on the way to the Delaware State Fair. As I was taking in the sights a surfacing whale was spotted under the oncoming bridge. Breathtaking to say the least. Well worth the money spent to travel the bridge.

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January 06, 2017
Rated 4.0

It cost $14 to go on, but wow! So cool! Worth it!

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  • 3 Helpful
December 12, 2015

Really neat. I recommend doing this at least once. We stopped in the middle at the gift shop and observation. The views are great. Like the other reviewer said, i wouldn't go out of my way to do it again.

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

32386 Lankford Hwy (Bridge offices)
Cape Charles, Virginia
23310 USA


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