Wilson Bridge Trail

August 23, 2013

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge is a Beltway bridge that spans the Potomac River between Alexandria in Virginia and the National Harbor in Maryland. While its main purpose is to carry 250000 cars every day across the Potomac River, it also has a pedestrian lane that can be traversed by bike or in walking. As part of the Wodrow Wilson Bridge Trail it is directly connected to the famous Mount Vernon Trail.

On its top the bridge offers some spectacular views of DC, Old Town Alexandria and the National Harbor. 

Even though the Wilson Bridge is a prominent landmark, I never really liked its look as seen from National Harbor or from Old Town. It's not really tall, doesn't have visible suspensions, and - worst - has a slight slope which makes it difficult to include in photo compositions (same "problem" with the Key Bridge, by the way). However, when getting close, the bridge is a monumental and visually pretty impressive structure, with lots of interesting lines and shapes. It's so big it even has parking lots, recreation facilities and a basket ball field underneath its driving lanes.

Following are a few impressions from my little trip underneath and across the bridge. Enjoy!

 

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