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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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  • In the short 26 years I've had the great pleasure of living in the Monterey area, i have never found peace like I have, and still do find at bixby. It, much like its surroundings is iconic of this bea...  more »
  • The road along the Big Sur was largely closed due to the storms and the bridge at Pfieffer Creek collapsing, so we could not drive along Highway 1 as we had intended. we did however go south as far as...  more »
  • This is a fantastic bridge about 30 minutes south of Carmel. The drive to the bridge is great and the whole area is great.  more »
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  • Great views when there is no fog. It can be crowded with no place to park the bridge. For some good photos we when the restaurant just North of the bridge. We ate at their outdoor patio and took a few good shots of the bridge, and coast.
  • If you are in the Monterrey area this drive is a great one. Not all that far from Monterrey and great views most of the way. Early morning is best for finding parking. I have never been there for sunset but it's likely fantastic. If you are thinking riding a bike over it, be aware there are many tourists on a narrow road.
  • This is one of the most scenic places. Riding Hwy 1 by bicycle. Great!
  • One of the most iconic images in Big Sur. The architecture of this bridge is impressive. Well worth taking a drive along CA-1 to see it. Views of the Pacific Ocean don't get much better than this.
  • Stunning scenery. Make sure to walk a bit inland on the small dirt road to the east (inland) for the best photo spots.