7. George Washington Bridge
Before the George Washington Bridge was built, spanning the river to join New York City and New Jersey remained a major challenge to architects. Construction on the steel bridge began in 1927 and in 1931 it received its first traffic. It was considered a marvel of engineering at the time, as it spanned twice the length of any other suspension bridge to date. Our guides told us that originally, the design called for covering the steel towers in concrete, but when funds ran short, the architects left the steel exposed. At the foot of the bridge, you can see the Little Red Lighthouse, which was saved thanks to a 1942 children’s book.