The Magic of Midwest Covered Bridges
Amnicon Falls, Wisconsin
A 55-foot-long covered footbridge crosses the Amnicon River at the Lower Falls, leading to a small island at Amnicon Falls State Park (about 15 miles southeast of Superior). The bridge, which was not covered at the time it was built, was moved to its current location in the 1930s; the roof was added in 1939 and has been replaced twice since then. The unusual bowstring design uses arched beams secured with hooks and clips rather than rivets and bolts.
Getting started: Visit the Amnicon Falls State Park website for more information about the bridge as well as the park, which is known for its series of picture-perfect swimming spots.
While you're there: A 30-minute drive takes you to Duluth, Minnesota, an appealing bluffside city of 85,000. Watch freighters come and go under the 1905 Aerial Lift Bridge and gawk at giant sturgeon at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Lake Avenue Cafe offers a fresh take on urban fare including Thai chili and eggplant pizza; the upscale Canal Park Lodge features rooms with lake views and easy access to downtown.