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George Washington Bridge
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Owner description: Major bridge over the Hudson River that connects New York and New Jersey.
Reviewed February 2, 2014

The George Washington bridge has a pedestrian walkway and crossing the bridge on foot is a must. If you could do only one bridge, I would do the Brooklyn Bridge, but the GWB is certainly a close second and best of all, when you walk it-it is free! (the tolls for your vehicle are incredibly expensive-but that is a different story!) You can also visit the bridge on the way to the Cloisters medieval art museum in northern Manhattan or also visit the the Little Red Lighthouse underneath the bridge that preceded its construction and was immortalized in a children's book "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge." If you have your car, it is easier to access the bridge from Fort Lee NJ. If you use the subway, it ends right by the bridge in NY.

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

The bridge is a two level bridge. The architecture of it is superb and soooo easy to access NYC. We always come from the north on Palisades Interstate Parkway and jump right on the bridge (toll) and then take the 9A south to get wherever we want in NYC.

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

It's the world's busiest bridge, so this place is no secret. The real secret is, though, to get out of your car and wander on and around the bridge. It's an amazingly scenic place to visit.

It seems easier for pedestrians to visit the GWB from the Jersey side. Find your way through the maze of roads into local Fort Lee roads, and then head east until you get to Hudson Terrace which is the last road that scoots under the bridge before the river. There's generally parking just north of the bridge on that road or you can park at Fort Lee historic park. The added bonus of parking there are the bathrooms, and there are also exhibits. (Access from Manhattan is at 178th street, but parking is harder to find there.)

You'll find the pedestrian walkway along the road on the south side of the bridge. Then... walk!

You'll be above and over a couple of the access roads, so traffic will be beneath you at first. And the bridge slices through the cliffs of the Palisades, so at first you're surrounded by tall boulder walls. For technonerds, this is an interesting spot because you walk past the anchor cables, and it's amazing to think about how strong they are and how they were built first before the roadway. Yes, of course, everything is protected by cameras and huge barbed wire fences, so it's safe.

Then after a couple hundred yards/meters, the vista opens up. The huge bridge towers rival any skyscraper you've ever seen, and the view is an end-to-end view of New York's Hudson River side. You are just able to make out the north end of the Island of Manhattan, and you can see all the way down to midtown. The coast turns in beyond that, but you can still see buildings at the south end down there - like the new World Trade Center tower.

It's about a mile across the bridge, so out and back is about a 2 mile walk.

When you return, there are a couple restaurants on Hudson Terrace just on the north side of the bridge, and other places just a short walk away.

But I'd recommend spending a bit more time at Palisades Park. There's a great trail starting just on the north side of the bridge that leads to a beautiful stone staircase down that plunges down the front of the cliffs. Spectacular! It ends up just above the Ross Dock picnic area, and then you can take an easier walk up Henry Hudson Drive brings you back to the entrance to Fort Lee Historic Park.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Go there with subway, subway is really close. Its a simple bridge, but you will like view. I'm sure you will like walking by that bridge and taking a pictures.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The George Washington Bridge offers one of only 2 opportunities to walk over a bridge from New York City to New Jersey (the other is the Bayonne Bridge in Staten Island), & shouldn't be missed. The views are lovely both north & south. But the bridge is located in Washington Heights, in far Upper Manhattan; if you're expecting great views of the iconic Manhattan skyline, you'll do much better from any of the bridges crossing the East River.
The bridge is also beautiful when seen from both the New York side & the New Jersey side. Check out the view from the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, New Jersey; or from Fort Tryon Park in New York City.
Walking costs nothing; I walked there from Lower Manhattan. The bridge is also easily accessible by bus & subway; the pedestrian access is at 178th Street & Fort Washington Avenue, on the southern side of the bridge. If you don't want to walk back, there are buses on the New Jersey side to Manhattan (these don't accept New York MetroCards).

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