Travel articles have virtually disappeared in the past year, so I was especially glad to see one over the past weekend. It was in the local press and about the rise of Greenville, South Carolina, as a tourist destination of note. Its author Lyn Riddle refers to Southern Living magazine’s praise for Greenville during the past 6 months as a helpful sign of recovery. Thanks to vaccines, this is beginning to happen.
On our way to Oakland, CA Ruth & I saw a landmark bridge in Redding, a city not known for its tourist allures. A 5 Compass sight, the Sundial Bridge was definitely worth a stop. Actually a giant sundial, this bridge took 11 years to complete. A free attraction, it opened to foot traffic more than a decade ago. Composed of concrete, steel, and glass, this unique bridge has 219 hidden lights that glow at night until the bridge closes at midnight. The lights are in glass panels on the bridge’s deck. It’s the 1st bridge of its kind in the United States, and 7 countries contributed parts to it. It’s built across the Sacramento River only one mile from I-5.
The Sundial Bridge’s architect, Santiago Calatrava, intended for it to look like a goose in flight. This is an imaginative but somewhat hard to see comparison even though the pylon truly does resemble a wing. This innovative bridge connects strollers to a trail system where they might see beavers and otters. There is plenty of free parking near it, the McConnell Botanical Garden on the other side of it, and a trail down to the river that draws picnickers and those curious to see its underside. On the entry side are a Sheraton hotel, a museum, an aviary, and other public attractions. This oversized sundial connects Turtle Bay Park to the award-winning Sacramento River Trail.
When in the area, stop and have a look at this individualistic bridge.