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Build a Bridge: The Tower Bridge

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As much as we love to travel, there's nothing quite like taking the time to enjoy the gems in our hometown. I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon appreciating the beauty of Sacramento's (or West Sacramento's, depending who you ask) Tower Bridge.

I travel across the golden structure on a very regular basis. Heck, I've even run a half marathon over this beauty!

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Opened to the public at the end of 1935, the Tower Bridge has a vertical lift section allowing large boats to pass underneath. The 737-foot span connects the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento (and Sacramento and Yolo Counties) over the beautiful Sacramento River. Due to its architectural significance, the structure was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It's sure easy to see why.

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I highly recommend checking out the Tower Bridge. Not only is the bridge a stunner, but there is also so much to do and see within walking distance. Here are a few photos that may help you get your bearing, if you're not familiar with the area:

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As a Sacramento native and a supporter of our Farm-to-Fork movement, I'm also incredibly excited about the Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner coming up in September (the weekend after my birthday, ahem). The plan is hold the dinner on the Tower Bridge. Awesome, right?

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Any of my local friends been enjoying our lovely Tower Bridge lately? How about that Farm-to-Fork dinner? Will we see you there?

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Build a Bridge: The Bissell

I thought it was high time for another Build a Bridge post and as I was going through photos last night, I came across photos of the Bissell Bridge from our trip back East in 2011. Lucky us!

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The Bissell Bridge is, of course, a covered bridge and is located just north of Charlemont, Massachusetts along the Mohawk Trail. The bridge was completely refurbished in 2009 and is worth a stop if you dig covered bridges as much as I do.

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Originally built in 1880 and rebuilt in 1951, the bridge is perched just above Mill Brook, which boasts a lovely water fall.

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If you're looking for more bridge action along the Mohawk Trail you can see a few other stops we made on our journey here, here and here.

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Build a Bridge: The Golden Gate

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Well, it had to happen at some point.

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world and she and I finally had a chance to hang out several weeks ago.

Just look at her:

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I added a little quality time with the Golden Gate to a day trip to Marin Headlands and let me tell you: it was worth it. Sunday traffic and end-of-summer-crowds weren't about to stop me. I even had a chance to walk along the bridge to admire the beauty up close:

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The view from the bridge isn't all that bad, either:

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For those unfamiliar with the Golden Gate Bridge, the best place to start is the Golden Gate Transportation District website. You'll not only find current traffic advisories, a live webcam and toll information, but you can also learn more about the history behind the structure. The bridge recently turned 75 years young and San Francisco threw the ol' girl a huge bash (Which I sadly had to miss. Such is life.).

During this visit, I realized just how many times I have driven across the Golden Gate.

So, so many...

Regardless, I find myself in awe every. single. time.

How about you? Have you ever seen the Golden Gate in all her glory? Any other iconic bridges that make your heart go pitter-patter?

Link up in the comment section and share away!

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Happy Tuesday, all!

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