When transportation becomes the destination


Khaju Bridge - Source: historicaliran.blogspot.com

Khaju Bridge – Source: historicaliran.blogspot.com

Now and then, a part of the transportation network becomes iconic in itself. In those cases, the infrastructure not only serves its intended purpose, but also becomes a focal point and source of community, regional, or even national pride, and therefore often becomes a tourist destination, as well. Remember, as the old adage says, “half the fun is getting there.”

So, here are some examples (certainly not a comprehensive list) of transportation infrastructure that have become travel and tourism destinations in their own right:

Valparaiso, Chile - Source: spanishdict.com

Valparaiso, Chile – Source: spanishdict.com

Mass Transit

Bridges

The Falkirk Wheel - Source: thefalkirkwheel.co.uk

The Falkirk Wheel – Source: thefalkirkwheel.co.uk

Canals

The High Line - Source: en.wikipedia.org

The High Line – Source: en.wikipedia.org

Nonmotorized Trails

Source: gardiner.fcu.org

Source: gardinerfcu.org

Roads

Railroads

Cabo de Roca Lighthouse, Portugal - Source: travel-in-portugal.com

Cabo de Roca Lighthouse, Portugal – Source: travel-in-portugal.com

Other

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2 Responses to When transportation becomes the destination

  1. Just off the top of my head, I’ll add the brand-new 606 Trail in Chicago, the Pacific Coast Highway in California, State Highway 1 on the California coast, and the Tehatchapi Loop railroad section in California. Personally, I put the Washington DC Metro on my list because of the beautiful interior design. Nearly every State in the USA designates “scenic roads” and “scenic byways” which are destinations for many motorists.

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