World's Most Stunning Bridges (PHOTOS)

From the epic expanse of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge suspension bridge in Japan to the timeless grandeur of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the world is covered with bridges that are not only marvels of engineering but also of beauty and inspiration.

In honor of these achievements, we present 12 stunning bridges from around the globe which are both wonders of design and icons of the creative spirit. And, perhaps best of all, they're of invaluable use.

See photos of some of the world's most impressive bridges here and vote for your favorites. We tried to shy away from picking such instantly recognizable ones as, say, the Brooklyn Bridge, but let us know if we overlooked some true gems.