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Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

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Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as Bixby Bridge, on the Big Sur coast of California, is one of the most photographed bridges in California due to its aesthetic design, "graceful architecture and magnificent setting." It is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge. The bridge is 120mi south of San Francisco and 13mi south of Carmel in Monterey County along State Route 1.Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932, residents of the Big Sur area were virtually cut off during winter due to the often impassable Old Coast Road that led inland. At its completion, the bridge was built under budget for $199,861 and was the longest concrete arch span at on the California State Highway System. It is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world.
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Where to stay in Big Sur

Secluded resorts, inns, and lodges are located off Highway 1. Some offer weary drivers a safe resting place, while others are exclusive resorts for long-term getaways. The latter require advance reservations. Camping is another popular alternative, with many campgrounds accessible from the highway.
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  • We loved walking around and getting pictures of the bridge. It was a beautiful sunny day when we were here in late April. Worth the drive down from Monterey!  more »
  • After 17 miles drive, we continued our Journey along scenic route 1. It is gorgeous view of bridge, mountain, ocean.... We stopped twice here. (Have to drive back to Monterey in order to go to Cambria...  more »
  • It's only a 45 minute drive from Monterey, it's free and it's far more breathtaking than the 17 mile drive. You have to see this view. Incredible!  more »
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  • Beautiful span! If there's too much fog you won't be able to see it though. Worth a stop for a great view and photo op.
  • Beautiful pictures. In both sides of the bridge. Check the pics. If you go 1 minute after the bridge in south direction, you will have an excellent spot for pictures, with the bridge and the rocky coast at your background - and it a very high place. Check the pics. Now in April-2017, even with the closed roads you can still cross the this iconic BRIDGE.
  • Also You cannot drive HW1 all the way due to bridge collapse but it is well worth to drive as far as Bixby Creek Bridge and Hurricane Point. You get an absolutely magnificent views. But then you need to go back to Carmel )))
  • An impressive bridge with an amazing view. The parking is roadside and there is no trail, so not everyone will get close enough. It's a long fall to the bottom, so don't try to get that picture at the very edge.
  • This is one of the most scenic places. Riding Hwy 1 by bicycle spring time 2009. Great!