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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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  • Beautiful bridge on Highway 1. We stopped by the bridge to take pictures, but unfortunately it was quite probably the fog. Although this view of the renovation
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  • We went way out our way to get back to highway one at the other side of the roadblock and it was worth the 4 hour drive. The scenery is unmatched any where I’ve been and the view from this bridge is e...  more »
  • The landscape of the area around the bridge is too non-bigs beautiful must see. As far as coming to the bridge have lots, coastal cliffs and photo point exquisitely combines the very best bridge and landscape views. I'm thinking required for less of the journey to California
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  • Well known, beautiful historic Bridge. Decent sized parking area, with great views of the bridge and the ocean. It's a wonderful place to stop and view the sunset. It's a well-known Big Sur icon, and there's obviously a reason for it. If you stop and view the Bixby Bridge you will not be disappointed. I met several nice people while I was here and we all had a nice time talking for several hours as we enjoyed the sunset and nautical twilight.
  • Amazing view on a great bridge and a wild Pacific coast. Secret hint: on the southern side of the bridge is a small parking area from which one can climb up the bushy hill for a stunning view. Be careful! It's windy there. The road is in a rather good condition. Just beautiful.
  • CA-1 is one of the most scenic drives I have ever encountered and Bixby Creek bridge is a man made marvel along the drive. The location of the bridge is so amazing that you cannot take your eyes off it. There are a few view points about 0.5 miles in either directions, make sure that you stop and get some good pictures. Definitely worth a drive!
  • This is best place to visit is Monterey. From this place you can see the beautiful sunset and bridge is awesome. If you are going with your kids be careful and keep your children with you every-time.
  • Built in 1932 over Bixby Creek this concrete bridge is an engineering Wonder. It's a must see if you're driving the coastal route on Highway 1. Typically there's more parking on the Eastern Gravel Road next to the bridge.

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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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