Dramatic Bridge Over Yaquina Bay
The Yaquina Bay Bridge was the first bridge on Highway 101 that we crossed on this particular trip since we took Highway 20 from Corvallis and headed south. The bridge is quite spectacular and the view from it is even more so. It has a combination of steel and concrete arches for support and is high enough for boats to pass under. The top of the bridge itself is made of arched steel and the highway entrance is marked by a column flanking each side of the highway. There are pedestrian plazas on each end of the bridge, with stairways leading to observation areas. It is quite aesthetically pleasing and I have read that it is one of the most photographed of McCullough's bridges.
The view from the bridge is fantastic. You have an open view across the bay to the ocean on one side, and a great view of the inner bay on the other. The Historic Newport Bayfront lines the northern side of the bay and offers a great photo opportunity, as does the ocean side view. [more]