Whether you are thinking about just a weekend getaway or
a 2-week marathon vacation or road trip, there are many
fun family vacation ideas if you do a
little research. I really love tunnels and thinking about
all the work and engineering that goes into them, some are
truly amazing. I just find them very interesting in
general, and I've put together a few ideas of where you can
see some pretty cool tunnels if you happen to be traveling
1. The Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel in Virginia is 3-1/2
miles long and is the crossing for Interstate 64. It is an
engineering milestone as it was actually the first
underwater tunnel connected to man-made islands. I used to
travel this tunnel with my parents when I was a small
child. It was kind of scary to think of being surrounded by
water like that.
2. The Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel is west of Denver,
Colorado, on Interstate 70. It is the highest vehicular
tunnel in the world at 11,013 feet at the East Portal and
11,158 feet at the West Portal.
3. The Green River Tunnel in Wyoming is not an extremely
long tunnel but wow, it is an amazing sight comparing the
size of the road to the sheer huge size of the mountain it
goes through. The road just looks insignificant in
4. The Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel in Virginia was
selected as one of the seven engineering wonders of the
modern world soon after its opening. Total length including
approach roads is 23 miles.
5. At the Zion National Park in Utah you can find the
Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel which is at the east entrance to the
park. As the road tunnels through the sheer stone and rock
of the canyon wall, you can get a glimpse of the
breathtaking views through windows carved into the
mountainside. Amazing tunnel.
6. Wawona Tunnel in Yosemite National Park. At the end
you emerge to see the Yosemite Valley, a view that is truly
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