Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Philadelphia

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The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, originally named the Delaware River Bridge and known locally as the Ben Franklin Bridge, is a suspension bridge across the Delaware River connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey. Owned and operated by the Delaware River Port Authority, it is one of four primary vehicular bridges between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, along with the Betsy Ross, Walt Whitman, and Commodore Barry bridges. It carries Interstate 676/U.S. Route 30, pedestrians, and the PATCO Speedline.

The bridge was dedicated as part of the 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. From 1926 to 1929, it had the longest single span of any suspension bridge in the world.

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  • It is lit up so nicely and it complements the cityscape of Philadelphia when you are coming back in from Camden. Highly recommend walking or riding a bike on it during the day.  more »
  • On my last day in Philadelphia I chose to wander across the BF bridge. It was great - a great walk and great views of Philadelphia and New Jersey. It will take you little while to go across but you...  more »
  • The RCA pier is so very beautiful! I was amazed at the beauty, hard work and effort put into this pier. The views are breathtaking when the sun sets and the lights come on in the surrounding area. It is a awesome addition to cleaning up Camden and making it what it should look like! I recommend anyone to go there to relax, listen to entertainment or take pics!
  • An awe-inspiring piece of engineering. Although the bridge itself lacks in style when pit against its competitors such as Tower Bridge in London, it makes up for it with its sheer size, spiffing good views and seemingly never-ending length. I highly recommend visiting during sunset for some incredibly romantic walks and Instagrammable moments.

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