The Old Seven Mile Bridge offers one of the most memorable walk or short bike ride ever. If you are visiting Florida, you probably wouldn’t miss the famous Overseas Highway, a 127.5 mile (205.2 km) highway carrying U.S. Route 1 (US 1) through the Florida Keys. I took this picture at sunset from the northern end of the old bridge.
Location: The Seven Mile Bridge is probably one of the most spectacular part of U.S. Route 1, but the old Seven Mile Bridge, constructed from 1909 to 1912 and repeatedly damaged by hurricanes, enshrines even more pathos than its younger brother. Being closed to traffic, it is an ideal destination for a relaxed bike ride or a walk, nonetheless for a spectacular photo session.
What to shoot: The new and old Seven Mile bridges run along connecting Knight’s Key, in the Middle Keys, to Little Duck Key, in the Lower Keys. The two bridges, suspended over the water where the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico meet, are a gorgeous subject for natural seascape and majestic architecture photography.
Ideal time to shoot: Florida Keys’ sunsets are well renowned for their beauty, and the old Seven Mile Bridge is one of the most gorgeous spot to spectate at this daily ritual taking place.
Gear: Wide angle lenses to capture the whole scene and emphasize the vastness of such a scenario; teles to focus on the little islands on the nearby and their wild life, enriched by thousands of birds.
How to get there: By car. Parking lots are easily accessible at both extremities of the bridge. From there it will be just a short walk to reach the old Seven Mile Bridge. Consider that the old bridge is interrupted in many sections; I suggest to try both ends and choose your favourite one.
Coordinates: 24°42′19″N 81°08′20″W
WPC: Off season.