Photo: New River Gorge Bridge towering above fog

West Virginia's New River Gorge Bridge was the world's longest steel-arch bridge (Shanghai's Lupu Bridge took the title in 2003). It opens to pedestrians once each year on "Bridge Day."

Photograph by Susie Post Rust

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