Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge featuring a marina, a suspension bridge or treetop walkway and night scenes
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
One of the world’s widest cable-stayed bridges graces Boston’s skyline with a functional monument to the city’s long commitment to democracy and freedom.

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, one of the world’s widest cable-stayed bridges, looms large on the Boston skyline. Named after both the Jewish-American civil rights leader Leonard P. Zakim and the legendary Battle of Bunker Hill, the bridge symbolizes Boston’s revolutionary history and its ongoing commitment to inclusivity and progress. Bring your camera to capture its striking form.

The Zakim Bridge was conceived in the 1980s and 1990s as part of Boston’s great (and controversial) Big Dig. A new link was needed between downtown Boston and northern Charlestown, without impeding navigation of the Charles River and without intruding on the subway line underground. Swiss bridge architect Christian Menn created an ambitious plan for a cable-stayed steel-and-concrete bridge 183 feet (55.8 meters) wide. Cross its majestic span that has been open to the public since 2003.

The bridge was named after Leonard P. Zakim, executive director for the Anti-Defamation League inNew England and a leader in interfaith relations, tolerance education and anti-poverty work. The second half of the name is a dedication to citizens who fought in the battle at nearby Bunker Hill, one of the Revolutionary War’s most important conflicts. Note how the tall, graceful towers of the bridge resemble the Bunker Hill Monument.

This vast bridge, which uses 116 cables to support a 10-lane roadway, cost over 100 million dollars to construct. Built with strength in mind, it can withstand winds of over 400 miles per hour (640 kilometers per hour) and an earthquake of magnitude 7.9. In October 2002, 14 elephants were led over the bridge in order to prove that it could indeed support 112,000 pounds. Notice the bridge’s asymmetry, a rarity in bridge design. Look closely to observe the unequal heights of the towers, not an optical illusion.

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge links Charlestown and the Bunker Hill Monument with downtown Boston’s North End. Enjoy great views from the parks on the Boston side. Photo opportunities are especially valuable around sunset. You may not walk across the bridge, although pedestrian river crossings are available nearby.

Top Hotels Close to Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $204 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,317 reviews)
"Excellent hotel in a very good location"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

citizenM Boston North Station
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
4 out of 5
60 School St, Boston, MA, 02108
The price is $260 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,050 reviews)
"Beautiful property and so close to everything"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $215 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, valet parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Very pleasant stay. Staff was friendly and helpful. Room was clean. Would stay again."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Copley Square Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
The Bostonian Boston
Hyatt Place Boston/Medford

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Popular places to visit in Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge


Best Lodging Options Near Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

The Revolution Hotel
The Revolution Hotel
3.5 out of 5
40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $202 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
The Revolution Hotel
citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114
The price is $204 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
citizenM Boston North Station
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
4 out of 5
60 School St, Boston, MA, 02108
The price is $260 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $215 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Copley Square Hotel
Revere Hotel Boston Common
Revere Hotel Boston Common
4 out of 5
200 Stuart St, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $275 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Revere Hotel Boston Common
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $259 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Boston Park Plaza
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
4 out of 5
450 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210
The price is $224 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
3.5 out of 5
5 Blossom Street, Boston, MA, 02114
The price is $254 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
Harborside Inn Of Boston
Harborside Inn Of Boston
3 out of 5
185 State St, Boston, MA, 02109
The price is $249 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Harborside Inn Of Boston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.