Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
Whether you are driving north or south, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel allows you to see the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the soaring grace of an engineering marvel.
For over 50 years, this facility has captured worldwide attention as a modern engineering wonder and an important East Coast travel convenience. This 23-mile facility provides a direct link between Southeastern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware plus the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland and Virginia) and saves motorists 90 miles or more as they travel from points north of Wilmington, Delaware to Coastal Virginia. The crossing consists of a series of low-level trestles, two bridges, causeway and approach roads, and two approximately one-mile-long tunnels beneath Thimble Shoal and Chesapeake navigation channels. Manmade islands are located at each end of the two tunnels.
Plan to stop, stretch your legs and take in the natural beauty, sights and sounds of the Chesapeake Bay on the facility’s southernmost manmade island, located 3.5 miles from Coastal Virginia’s mainland. This island is open to the traveling public and features Virginia Originals, a retail gift shop offering a unique selection of Virginia-made products and mementos.
The Chesapeake Grill, a casual yet full-service restaurant, is located inside Virginia Originals and offers a complete menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including an array of local seafood entrees, fresh-made soups, salads and grill items. Be sure to cast a fishing line or your gaze from the 625-foot fishing pier, where bluefish, trout, croaker, flounder, sheepshead, and many more species abound.
Let your iPod be your tour guide! Driving tours tailored to your travel direction can be downloaded from the CBBT website and provide a general history of the facility as well as interesting facts and points of interest along the route.
From weather to the fish and wildlife to the ships on the water, every crossing is different, so keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the ride