Northern Kentucky Attractions
The Roebling Suspension Bridge
One of the most fascinating and beautiful places to visit in Northern Kentucky is the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The bridge lays over the Ohio River linking downtown Covington in Northern Kentucky to the riverfront of Cincinnati in Ohio. It opened for pedestrians on 1st December 1866 and for traffic on the 1st January 1857. At the time of its opening this was the longest suspension bridge in the world!
Designed and built by engineer John A. Roebling, who also designed the Brooklyn Bridge in New York (which open in 1884 and became the biggest suspension bridge in the world), it is no surprise that the two bridges share certain similarities. Both bridges are defined by their iconic stone towers and suspension cables, but the thing that makes both of them so spectacular are their footpaths. Taking a stroll from Covington to Cincinnati via the Roebling Bridge is a must when you visit Northern Kentucky. Residents of both Cincinnati and Covington cross the Ohio River by foot every day, often to attend Reds or Bengals games or concerts.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky purchased the bridge from the bridge company in 1953 and the 100th anniversary of the bridge opening was celebrated with a ceremony on Court Street at the Covington approach in the fall of 1966.
Both bridges were declared National Historic Landmarks (the Brooklyn in 1964, the Roebling in 1975).
Covington is one of the largest cities in Northern Kentucky and it is well known for its historic neighbourhoods, it's downtown commercial district (home to a large concentration of historic buildings), the shoppes of Mainstrasse, numerous art galleries and unique eateries and dining districts including Mainstrasse Village and the Roebling Pointe neighbourhood. The historic Riverside Drive area along the Ohio River features many homes that were once stops on the Underground Railroad and the last stops to freedom.
This vibrant urban community is located directly across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, and it is easily accessible from the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge. Cincinnati and Covington feature more public art in four miles than any city in the United States. Enjoy a mural walk or take in a historic walk lead by locals.
Visit Covington and experience the charming MainStrasse Village district featuring classic pubs and chic eateries along Main Street. Here you will also find the Goebel Park’s quirky clock tower and huge Devou Park, which is known for its Cincinnati skyline views. Venture to the downtown area of Covington for a glass or two of bourbon at one of the top hotels in the United States, the Hotel Covington and try Cincinnati Chili, or take along Madison Avenue to the Cathedral of the Basilica, a world class cathedral built as a replica of Notre Dame with the world’s largest stained glass window.
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