In a city filled with beautiful sights, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is one of the most spectacular. It spans between downtown and Mount Pleasant and serves as the track for the well known Cooper River Bridge Run. It is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River and opened in 2005 to replace two obsolete cantilever truss bridges. The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet, the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere.

Walking, running or biking across the bridge is an experience you do not want to miss. Grab your friends (or go alone) and use the well-marked walking path to enjoy some of the best views around. The six mile round trip span can start on either side. There is paid parking on the Mount Pleasant side in Waterfront Park and free parking off East Bay Street downtown. Bicycles have the right of way and their own lane, so be aware of your surroundings.

Most people start on the Mount Pleasant side and walk to the second span and turn around. Try to start your trek in time to see the sun set over the Cooper River. And take your camera for some beautiful shots of the Charleston Harbor. From the top of the bridge you can spot Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant, and downtown Charleston all in one vista.