So after a late night arrival at a thankfully close Augusta Airport, we woke up and decided that a tourist day of Augusta was in order. The weather was in favor of my hubby’s more chilly weather loving, a cool front had rolled in, and with it the threat of rain but we decided to go for it anyway.
I parked at the Augusta Visitor center, which is also an entry point for the train rail coming into Augusta from South Carolina. We were in luck and a large locomotive was parked, awaiting some instruction or time to continue forward. The Augusta Riverwalk is lovely, you can walk the river and pop into different parts of down town. To either shop or eat at many of the locally run shops and restaurants available. Broad Street is another local favorite area to see while down near the river.
The Augusta Riverwalk features a children’s playground and various gardens. Two museums are located off the walkway along with the Jessye Norman Amphitheater and several restaurants. Great for families out for some fresh air along the Savannah River. – See more at: http://www.augustaga.org/
The railroad line is interesting because on the Augusta, Georgia side of the bridge the approaching line runs right down the middle of Sixth Street similar to how street cars in Philadelphia or San Francisco do. It is uncommon to see active freight railroad lines like this one that run right down a road in this manner today.
This bridge sees two through freight trains in each direction daily plus grain and coal unit trains as necessary. The area around the bridge is now a park and marina and is very well maintained. [ Source: HistoricBridges.org ]
It’s funny to think that I was worried about returning to the US of A. But I think coming to the South was probably the best place to start, everyone is SO friendly, helpful, and happy! Y’all come back ya here!?
Posted on August 19, 2013, in Georgia, Travel - USA and tagged Augusta, Bridges, cars, Georgia, Nature, outdoors, ridges, Riverwalk, Savannah River, Trains, transportation. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.