The Coronado Bay Bridge—also known by plenty of other names, such as “the San Diego-Coronado Bridge,” “the Coronado Bridge,” or really even just “the bridge”—is one of the most well-known landmarks in the area.
|Image from the California Dept of Transportation|
I’ll spare you all the tedious architectural details, but it is over two miles long, around 200 feet above the surface of the water, and has been around since 1969. For someone who traditionally dislikes bridges, all three of those details should be sufficient reasons to not write this post.
I blame Disney for my dislike of bridges from a young age. Specifically,
from 6:55 - 8:10 of this clip.
In spite of its reputation as a suicide bridge (link to more about that here), I find the Coronado Bridge to be one of the most beautiful things about this area. No matter which direction you're headed, when you cross over the bay you're transported into what is almost like another world. On one side, you have the concrete jungle of downtown San Diego, and as you're crossing over toward it you meet a view of endless land...buildings, trees, mountains as far as the eye can see. As you cross over going west toward Coronado, you can see the Pacific Ocean stretching out before you descend into a tropical paradise.