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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Bixby bridge is on highway 1 in the Big Sur area of California. It is an older bridge that is quite attractive. With the Pacific Ocean and beach it is a nice place to stop, enjoy the view, take photos...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    An iconic vista. You can stop on the north side of the bridge as you drive along Route 1. Beware of the crowds.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Hey its a bridge. Wow, big deal- must be all of 80 years old. You would think by the number of cars parked that this was something fantastic. We stopped for a gander and thought, well not much actuall...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    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.
  • April 28, 2017
    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.
  • May 15, 2017
    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 )))
  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    This is one of the most scenic places. Riding Hwy 1 by bicycle spring time 2009. Great!

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