What’s that Suspension Bridge Tour like?
What is it about suspension bridges that capture our imagination? Most bridges have pilings or trestles but those things are boring. A suspension bridge seems to defy gravity as it hangs without support over large canyons, rivers, and other geographical features. Did you know that there are certain travelers that always seek out suspension bridges wherever they go? I sure didn’t. While this may seem weird, who are we to judge? Today’s blog is about The Yukon Suspension Bridge and a few other suspension bridges in Skagway. Let’s get swinging!
Walking across a suspension bridge is amazing
Normally, you don’t equate walking with excitement. That’s what makes suspension bridges so great. One minute you’re walking on the boring regular ground, and the next minute you’re stepping out onto a bridge suspended from two high points. That’s some crazy stuff. Some suspension bridges will move and sway as you take steps, which makes you feel like Indiana Jones stealing some priceless artifact from jungle natives. It’s like an adventure with no risk and it only costs a handful of dollars. What could be better!?
The Yukon Suspension Bridge
Skagway’s most famous suspension bridge is in Canada. It’s called the Yukon Suspension Bridge and it’s located in British Columbia. It’s situated about 30 miles north of Skagway and 20 miles south of the Yukon Territory. Why is it called the Yukon Suspension Bridge if it’s actually in BC? Because “Yukon Suspension Bridge” sounds way cooler than “British Columbia Suspension Bridge.”
There is a Visitor’s Center at the bridge where you can buy some souvenirs and snacks. There is also a good restaurant overlooking the Tutshi Rapids with some incredible views and good food. Exhibits are placed all over the property. They call it an Outdoor Museum because why not? One of the exhibits depicts a mighty bear. I often see real bears in the parking lot but they never look that fierce. They’re just eating grass or trying to avoid tourists with cameras.
Walking across the bridge is everything you think it will be. When you’re on the other side, there are some exhibits like a trapper’s cabin and some other stuff. Just make sure Crazy Trapper Pete isn’t in the cabin or you’ll get an earful. When you’re done with all of that, you get to walk back across the suspension bridge again! Stop in the middle for a selfie! Shake the bridge back and forth to make your girlfriend smack you in the arm! There is no limit on the amount of fun you’re allowed to have.
Skagway Suspension Bridges
There are four suspension bridges on the Grizzly Falls Zipline Tour. If you take that tour and you go to the Yukon Suspension Bridge, you could see five total! That’s a lot of suspension bridge for the average person but if you truly love the thrill of walking back and forth on a bridge, then you should do them all.