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Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Routes 1 & 3, Prospect, ME
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Prospect
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Observation Decks/ Towers
Traveler Description: Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is the tallest public bridge observatory in the world and the only in the Western Hemisphere.  It is one of... more »
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had no idea there was an observation tower in the bridge. It is part of the same Maine State Park as Fort Knox. The views from the top were spectacular - and, yes, there is a very quick elevator.

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Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We were surprise to find a big bridge with a observatory like that in this town that we didnt know. We were traveling from Rockland to Bar harbor. The kids love to be at the top (around 450 feet) and see the small cars below. They were happy to see a big boat leaving the river below the bridge. If... More

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Moretown, Vermont
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The bridge is mind blowing, to see the height and then to actually go to the top is amazing. It was crystal clear the day we were there and you could see forever. The work that was put into the bridge is definitely worth checking out,and thoughts of the people that worked on it at 477 feet ...crazy!!

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Collingswood, NJ
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Took a family group to see the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory and Fort Knox on our last trip to the Ellsworth, ME area. It was definitely worth the 25 minute drive from Ellsworth to Bucksport. The bridge observatory was very cool - you could see for miles. Just getting up close to the bridge itself was neat. We had some... More

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Corinth, Maine
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132 reviews 132 reviews
14 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It was a perfectly clear summer's day in Maine when we ascended the tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Amazing views in all directions. Not crowded or touristy. Informative plaques. Nice gentlemen to assist at the ground floor entrance and at the top. Wheel chair accessible. The windows were clean for photographs! Well worth the stop and the small entrance... More

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Carrying Route 1 across its namesake river, the Penobscott Narrows Bridge is heavily reminiscent of the Washington Monument (by design, as the informative exhibition inside will tell you). Its beautiful construction manages to stand out from the surrounding hills without appearing out of place. Inside, the welcoming National Park staff will direct you to the lift to the top of... More

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Bedford, England
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222 attraction reviews
552 helpful votes 552 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a great stop off on the way to Bar Harbor / Acadia Park. Situated on Routes 1 & 3 just outside Bucksport, it connects Verona Island to Prospect and is a magnificent sight. Their are 2 attractions here, the Observatory and Fort Knox. You can pay just for the Fort or for both at $7 for out of... More

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Oakville, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Amazing structure and story of how it came together in a short time frame. View is great. Higher price for non-Maine residents is a little annoying - I am already spending a lot of money in your state, treat me with some respect don't charge me a premium! I am glad I did it but will not do it on... More

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Forked River NJ
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105 reviews 105 reviews
56 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

On a clear day, you can see for miles! All the way to Acadia National Park. The observatory and fort was a great stop on our way home from Bar Harbor. For a nominal state park fee, you can visit both the observatory and the Fort. This was a spectacular experience as long as you are not afraid of heights.... More

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Lubbock, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is just an American beauty . Not just a common bridge. It has a observation viewing space in on of the towers on this suspension bridge. Cool view and the next town it connects to is a great place to visit . Bucksport Maine. Great little town. Right across from ft. Knox.

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