Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
If you are visiting Isle of Palms for the first time, you will soon find that the outdoor recreation options are in abundance. Whether you’re on a fishing charter, searching for dolphins, paddling through salt marshes in a kayak, or simply soaking up the sun at the beach, there are a number of ways to spend your time in the great outdoors and get to know the South Carolina coastline. However, being in such close proximity to Charleston, it’s also the perfect opportunity to take at least one day trip and see what the city has to offer. With the downtown area being only 12 miles away from the barrier island, it is worth the trek to see some of the famous sights of the Lowcountry. Among the must-see attractions is the magnificent Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.
The cable-stayed suspension bridge is South Carolina architectural artistry at its best. Stretching between downtown and Mt. Pleasant, it was opened in 2005 and features a shared bicycle and walking path that allows people to traverse between the two cities while overlooking the Charleston Harbor and Atlantic Ocean. The approximate six-mile round trip journey over the Cooper River provides some of the region’s most picturesque views. If you wait until close to nightfall to make the journey, you’re sure to catch a striking sunset over the Cooper and Ashley rivers.
The bridge also plays host to the annual 10K Cooper River Bridge Run that takes place every spring. It’s quite a large event that draws in around 50,000 people.
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was built to replace two older bridges (Grace and Pearman) that could no longer serve their purpose. After finally raising the money to fund the design-build project over the course of 20 years, the new superstructure was constructed especially strong to withstand potential shipping accidents and natural disasters. One aspect that has made the bridge such an interesting site is that it’s one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world.
The two identifying diamond-shaped towers of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge light up the Charleston night sky, reminding viewers of its grandeur. Contact Exclusive Properties if you’re in search of a rental home on Isle of Palms. Our team will be happy to help you look through our luxury listings to find a property that has all the amenities you desire in an attractive location.
(Image By Rennett Stowe (Flickr: Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)