of the Most Beautiful Covered Bridges in the U.S.
Covered bridges convey a sense of romantic nostalgia. They conjure up images of cozy horse-drawn sleds crossing a snowy river, of colorful fall leaves drifting down, or of the hot summer sun blazing against painted wood. Besides being romantic, covered bridges are also thoughtfully designed — not only do their covers protect the bridges from the elements, but the wooden trusses also distribute loads more evenly.
While there used to be thousands of covered bridges across the U.S., many have been lost to time, weather, and neglect. Those that are still standing are much photographed and carefully treasured by their local communities and the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges. Here are 16 of the most beautiful covered bridges in the country to check out on your next road trip.