Even though the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel is exactly that, a bridge and tunnel system to get you where you want to go, it can certainly qualify as a great attraction. According to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel website, shortly after the opening of the bridge-tunnel system, it was selected as “one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World.” The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel system is just one of many in this area but it is considered the world’s largest bridge and tunnel system. It just seems to go on and on and on!
Two bridges, two tunnels, causeways, roads leading up to the bridge and four manmade islands all make up the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel system. From one shore to the other, the system measures 17.6 miles. The water depth ranges from 25 feet to 100 feet! It is not only a convenient way to get to the Eastern Shore from Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, but it will also fascinate the kids. Just when you think you have reached the end, you come up on another man made island. When you stand on one of the islands in the middle of the bay, we could not see the ends of the bridge.
This picture was taken with my 75-300 lens from one man made island. I zoomed in as close as possible to snap the picture of the next island.
The turn offs to park on the islands and walk around come up quickly (right before the tunnel begins if I am remembering correctly) so if you are planning on stopping, be sure to pay attention and slow down. On one of the islands, there is a restaurant that was being renovated when we were there and also a fishing pier that was packed to the brim with fishermen!
There are signs that describe a little bit of the history of the bridge and the Naval history from that area.
There are lookout binoculars and it is worth the 25 cents.
They also support a birding program and the website lists many of the different birds that you might see. You will see ships galore.
The toll to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel System is 12.00 per car and goes up from there.
Be sure to stop by Delicious Baby to see where other travelers are going this week!