On our trip to St. Louis we stopped to visit the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge which is the former U.S. Route 66 and connects Missouri and Illinois by spanning the Mississippi River.
The bridge was built in 1929 and closed in 1968. It was later reopened to pedestrian traffic in 1999. The bridge is massive in size and scope. Total length is 5353 feet and features a 22º bend in the middle of the span. This was originally a toll bridge and was featured in the 1981 movie “Escape From New York” as the 69th Street Bridge.
The bridge has a parking area at either end but is best accessed on the Illinois side of the river. It will take you a good hour to walk over and back across the bridge but it’s definitely worth the time and the view.