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“Best spot to see nature and mankind at their best”

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
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Owner description: At nearly 18 miles long, this bridge-tunnel complex is one of the engineering wonders of the world. Connecting Virginia's Eastern Shore with Virginia's mainland in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, this toll facility will save travelers 90 miles or more as they travel from points north of Wilmington, Delaware and head down the East Coast towards Virginia Beach or North Carolina's Outer Banks. Enjoy a stop at the Scenic Overlook, located on the southern tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, offering breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and the facility. AND, if you want to take home a remembrance of your travels, visit Virginia Originals Gift Shop, located inside the Welcome Center and Rest Area at the North Toll Plaza on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel is underway and the facility will remain open to traffic throughout construction. Upon completion, a new fishing pier will open on the southernmost island in 2023.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are a construction buff that loves bridges and tunnels. The entrance to the first tunnel (when heading north) has a small restaurant and a gift shop on an island. You could spend endless hours watching the tides and the ships go by.

1  Thank Iamsolar
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

My first time going on the tunnel/bridge. It was awesome. Beautiful views of the water on both sides. We couldn't figure out how to access the restaurant because we were pulling a camper, but overall it was a great experience. Was able to get some beautiful pictures.

1  Thank Melissa J
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Beautiful drive, well worth the $12 toll. Even with the Sunday afternoon in August traffic the drive was smooth and we did not hit congestion until we got close to I-64.

Thank Emily E
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

On our way from Williamsburg to OceanCity, our route took us over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The trip was worth it. What a relaxing drive over the 20+ miles of this engineering marvel. Make sure to download the MP3 file from http://www.cbbt.com/ipodtour.html for whichever direction you are traveling. It is great to hear the history and the challenges presented when building this structure. It kept the whole family entertained.

1  Thank VFLBluesBrothers
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

My wife and I have been talking about seeing this bridge/tunnel for many years. We finally did it. Took a road trip down south with the bridge/tunnel as our first destination. At the time it was built, it was called one of the top engineering marvels of the world. It is definitely worth seeing. The scenery is awesome. There is a nice restaurant/gift shop right in the middle of it. We had lunch there and the food was very good and not over-priced. If you like beer, try a Legend Brown Ale there, a local beer from Richmond, VA. Excellent! After you eat, you can take a walk along the huge fishing pier outside. It's really something to see.
One word of caution though. I read this here and it is true. The restaurant comes up very quickly as soon as you emerge from the second tunnel. Slow down when you get near the end and you will have to make an immediate and very sharp right turn. If you miss it, I don't think there's a way to turn around.
Enjoy!

1  Thank Steven M
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