I will explain a bit. A bridge camera doesnt need to have the enourmous zoom range of today's bridge cameras. Even better though, turn it: A superzoom doesnt need to be a bridge camera. Nowadays even those pocket size cameras have enourmous zoom possibilities, and they are clearly not bridge cameras.
I think you have to know what your budget will be. Of course any DSLR with good lens would be lovely, but to get a final image, you need more than a body alone. For sharp photos you need sharp lenses, and they dont come cheap. Not at all to be fair.
I am not recommending Canon that much anymore, because Im starting to get angry on them, nonetheless I know the most about Canon so it at least helps to explain.
Midrange body: 60D, $900.
Wide angle sharp lens: I would recommend a 3rd party lens as they are cheaper. Tamron/Sigma 17-50 2.8: $500-600.
Telephoto lens: Now the reason to recommend Canon: Canon has the professional 70-200 L lenses for cheap ($500), but the quality is awesome. Worth every buck. For the same price you can get the 70-300 IS USM though, if you want a bit more range. The quality at 300mm isnt that great anymore, so instead you could be cropping a knife sharp 200mm photo made with an 70-200. It depends if you need stabilisation or not.
You see, it will cost quite a bit. Of course, buying used equipment will be much cheaper (recommended), but at the end of the day, a superzoom/bridge like the Panasonic FZ200 may get you the same pleasing results as a small fortune worth DSLR system.
Think about it, check the FZ200 review, the sample pictures... and good luck! Were always here to help you of course.
Panasonic DMC-FZ18, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Canon G5, Canon 350D, Canon 50D + BG-E2N
Tamron 17-50 2.8, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM,
Canon 18-55 II plus lots of Minolta MD/M42 lenses and bodies