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“Not sure it's day trip worthy in and of itself”

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
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Owner description: At nearly 18 miles long, this bridge-tunnel complex is one of the engineering wonders of the world. Connecting Virginia's Eastern Shore with Virginia's mainland in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, this toll facility will save travelers 90 miles or more as they travel from points north of Wilmington, Delaware and head down the East Coast towards Virginia Beach or North Carolina's Outer Banks. Enjoy a stop at the Scenic Overlook, located on the southern tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, offering breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and the facility. AND, if you want to take home a remembrance of your travels, visit Virginia Originals Gift Shop, located inside the Welcome Center and Rest Area at the North Toll Plaza on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel is underway and the facility will remain open to traffic throughout construction. Upon completion, a new fishing pier will open on the southernmost island in 2023.
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

But if you are going up the coast anyway, it is a great diversion. I will say that Route 13 is a killer though. Time stands still and you are not sure you are ever going to see your family again.

Back to the bridge...the gift shop is cute and not cheesy/touristy at all. They have jewelry and the like from local artists as well as local beer, wine and snacks. We did not eat but the food looked fresh coming from the kitchen and the menu was interesting. It's not really a restaurant, more like a cafe in between the gift shop and the bathrooms. There looked to be outside dining but it was windy that day and the tables and chairs were put away. And be sure to stand at the plexiglass windows and have a semi go under you doing 60!

No ships when we traveled Saturday evening but there was no road traffic either so I guess it's a trade off. We have seen ships lined up there at night and that was great so I bet it is awesome during the day. The fishing pier was busy and "free" after you pay the toll. I can imagine it's hard to find a spot some days. We saw a few pelicans and a couple of falcons plus some other more common birds. The birdwatching is a bonus. I will say too that the stop is not very well marked and we did miss it last time somehow. This time they gave out coupons at the toll booth which reminded us to slow down and look for the turn off.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We loved driving this gorgeous path! There is a nice pull over point for emergency use if necessary. Each stretch goes for quite a ways maybe 20 miles or so with underwater tunnels in between. overall, very impressive site to experience!

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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

We were headed back to Philadelphia from OBX and wanted to avoid 95. What can I say about a bridge/tunnel? If you like traffic jams and boring highways this is not for you. However if you are into adventure and beautiful sights, this is a must. There are some great facts about this structure and they even have a pits stop midway through. Apparently its possible to see dolphins although we did not. Great bridge/tunnel!

1  Thank lindsay_see
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We stopped on our way back to NJ. Was packed! They need to rework the parking lot. There isn't a safe walking lane to the gift shop with out walking in the road.

The view was great and we got some good shots of the kids, boats, and bay. Would be nice to walk out onto the pier, but it was packed with fisherman.I did walk out with out my kids and it was gross. Fish parts, bail, people smoking, and stains all over. They need to make a pier for tourist that can't be fished from.

I'd recommend NOT going on a weekend!

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This place is a tourist trap with a bathroom, at best. Its small, crowded, full of tourist gifts from China, and not worth the stop. We had thought that we would find a decent restaurant on the pier and were met with a McDonald's-esque diner. We promptly returned to our car and went somewhere else.

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