George Washington Bridge

New York
  • Sara .
    "Amazing views, even in traffic."(70 Tips)
    John C.
    "Take lower level and stay in right lane as you approach toll booth."(21 Tips)
    Christina M.
    "EZ pass is also a must ;)"(14 Tips)
    "Lovely views of the City from Uptown to Downtown"(36 Tips)
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  • Harlem A.
    The picturesque views from the top level are beyond notable. Said to be the longest span in the US. Walking is possible, biking is smarter. Do beware of the occasional destitute or suicide. Beautiful!
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Photo challenge! Check out this vintage Documerica photo of the George Washington Bridge taken in 1973. Take a photo of the bridge today and share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project. Read more
  • chrissy s.
    chrissy spazianoNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    It is a bridge with a great history. Once you get a handle of the best time to travel in and out of the city. You can travel anywhere in the World.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Photographers! Check out this Documerica photo of the GW Bridge taken in 1973. Take a photo of the bridge today and share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project Read more
    NJ.comJanuary 10, 2014
    Stroll across this nearly 85-year-old landmark for beautiful views of both NJ and NY. It's on our Super Bowl Fan Guide's list of essential things to do during Super Bowl week 2014. Read more
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas ScottAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    George Washington built the bridge in 1756 to escape the onslaught of Henry VII and his band of merry men. He then raped and pillaged Prussian mercenaries in Princeton, turning the tide of the War.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AccetturaSeptember 20, 2014
    Nice panoramic view. Panorama mode on cell phone or wide angle lens recommended
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Although your instincts may tell you otherwise, it may actually be quicker to take the Upper Level (with all the trucks), as no one else is doing that.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 3, 2013
    Always guaranteed to hit traffic here, but we prefer to take the upper level.
  • Bloomberg TV
    Bloomberg TVJuly 13, 2012
    The namesake of the first American president, the George Washington Bridge could accommodate 793 George Washingtons lying in a row from head to toe
  • Yen C.
    Yen CheongJuly 5, 2010
    The running / cycling path is on the south side of the bridge, upper level. Runners/walkers on R, cyclists on L, both ways (altho ppl don't always follow that rule). Always go single file.
  • Signs V.
    Signs VisualJuly 16, 2015
    Traffic doesn't seem as bad because there is a great view of Manhattan, New Jersey, and the Hudson River. Read more
  • Russell H.
    Best bridge ever! Great for driving, running, biking. Major artery between LI and the mainland
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Police were told to stop and search would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi's car in Sept. 2009 as he drove up to the bridge—but waved him across without finding two pounds of explosives hidden inside. Read more
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LevinOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    usually the best approach to the GW but sometimes it is better to take Linwood and Lewis to the Lower Level. Wonder if they will ever get back to building a Lower Level Helix to/from the PIP?
  • K I.
    K IMay 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best way to get to the lower level is to exit off the turnpike and take 46. Avoid all the traffic on the turnpike.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeinmanDecember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Easiest access to the Palisades Parkway is via the upper level. Otherwise you have to deal with a lot of local traffic.
  • Ruben R.
    Ruben RosarioJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't be stupid if you have easy pass move quickly idk why people don't have it yet. But the delay is always caused by the toll. Simple solution move quicker
  • Jun H.
    Jun HanAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Got EZPASS? Off-peak hours = $6 toll, not $8! Peak hours: Mon-Fri @ 6am-9am; 4pm-7pm; Sat-Sun @ Noon-8pm. Have two other person in your car & go to booth w/person to get carpool rate, $2!
  • iFanboy
    iFanboySeptember 20, 2010
    In Amazing Spider-Man #121, Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man's girlfriend, was thrown off by the Green Goblin. Even though the story said it was the George Washington Bridge, the artist drew the Brooklyn Bridge
  • LukaSH
    LukaSHAugust 26, 2014
    Don't miss the Little Red Lighthouse under the bridge tower on New York side.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SAugust 31, 2013
    Yep, go ahead and use the EZ pass-lane and hope to cut into the cash lane at the last second. That's precious. We love you for it.
  • Patty A.
    Patty AphieAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    many cars and trucks been here..when i came to the pick me up in JKF Airport and pass this bridge from NY to the view...never get bored...
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KamenMay 16, 2015
    Beautiful scenic view of Washington Heights and the whole Manhattan skyline.
  • Larry
    LarrySeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The upper deck is more scenic but can also be more crowded. Take the lower deck.
  • Michael J. P.
    Michael J. PerezNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If u riding your motorcycle I suggest to use the top level.. Lower level has some insane winds at times :-S lol
  • Janice K.
    Janice KJuly 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great view up to Tappen Zee Bridge on a clear day and downtown to Cruise ship docks.
  • Brian R.
    Brian ReillyMay 16, 2011
    Try the heaping portions of traffic. They have a special every Sunday evening.
  • TheMobileBroker
    TheMobileBrokerMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Welcome to the Big Apple! Consider adding Harlem on your list of places to visit while you're here. You'll be glad you did!
  • Maria J.
    Maria JoySeptember 7, 2013
    Breezed right through. And paying only $4.25 because we had 3 or more? Awesome!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    avoid the upper level. tractor trailers must take the upper level so it is always congested.
  • todd a w.
    todd a williamsJanuary 19
    Been here 10+ times
    Great views but usually a wait to get over unless you travel early in the morning.
  • ConciergeQ
    ConciergeQApril 28, 2011
    What is your favorite outdoor activity in New York City?Amy Schumer, Comedian ("Cutting"-Comedy Central Records) & Actor: "Riding my bike up to the George Washington Bridge." Read more
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LublinerSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are going into or out of New York city during rush hour, and you stop the car, your car will bounce.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    One of first views when you get into New York through south.
  • Dean S.
    Dean SuhrMay 12, 2014
    Watch the signs ... the lower level is often much faster than the upper level (with trucks).
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MagnoliaNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    View at night from the upper level can't be beat.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MayOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For runners, the bridge is about 1 mile long. Look out for bikers on the sharp turns and narrow passageways.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CongerMay 10, 2010
    Buy a $5,000 Orbea Orca, a pair of $200 Giro 2010 Bib Shorts, $200 Capo jersey, and $200 Shimano clips, and ride over the bridge like an inconsiderate jerk, slower than the seasoned riders, mind you.
  • Dan A.
    Dan AlbanJuly 28, 2011
    If there were a spot on earth that was close to the fiery abyss, this bridge's traffic is it. I'm pretty sure I saw Satan laughing on the upper level. Maybe it was Jeter.
  • Ruben R.
    Ruben RosarioNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If your stuck in traffic 1: don't forget to check in. 2: take a look at the view. 3: crank up the music.
  • Casey W.
    Casey WalkerFebruary 18, 2014
    Renting a truck? Check the class and toll prices before you rent/travel. I just paid $34 for this biotch.
  • Matt R.
    Matt R.April 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    On average, first responders answer calls for a jumper on (or off) the bridge once every 11 days. Only 1 in 25 is a real incident.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChangDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Use lower level if you're rushed on time, use upper level if you have the time for the view.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lower level is the way to go. No trucks or big rigs.
  • Alexander T.
    Alexander Tsui ‮August 17, 2014
    Have you ever been stuck on I-95 on a Friday? Rush hours on Fridays are as follows: 5:30am to 8:45pm
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HowethApril 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use upper level on weeknights after 9:45pm. Construction causes crazy closures of the lower level at this time.
  • Jason O.
    Jason O'BrienJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Honestly, Avoid it if you can... but if you can't... ALWAYS get waaay over to the right hand side and then scoot over to the left at the last minute if you're not going on 9A.
  • Steven Z.
    Steven ZimmermanApril 26, 2012
    though its been quite a few years since I've been on the GW, I too liked the lower level - just sayin
  • LaTanya B.
    LaTanya B.February 14, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    WARNING: Booth attendant attitude INcreases when you lie, offer a cheery hello, and ask for a receipt.
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