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Bixby Bridge

This single-span bridge is a magnificent feat of engineering that provides incredible views of one of the finest stretches of U.S. coastline.

Bixby Bridge (aka Bixby Creek Bridge) is an iconic bridge along the famous Highway One. The bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks on the California section of the Pacific Coast highways. Bixby Bridge spans Bixby Creek, which cuts through a rocky canyon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Visit to admire the bridge’s imposing structure and the natural beauty surrounding it.

See the bridge rising to a height of 260 feet (79 meters) above the canyon. This is one of the world’s tallest single-span concrete arch bridges. It’s about 700 feet (213 meters) long. Over 45,000 bags of cement were used to reinforce the wooden frame. Impressively, the bags were lifted using a system of cable-suspended slings and platforms. The bridge opened in 1932 and has since provided a quicker coastal route to an inland mountain pass.

Park at one of the turnouts located at either end of the bridge and enjoy the spectacular views. Note how the bridge’s arch is embedded into the cliffs. Gaze down along the cliffs to see waves crashing onto the beach and rocks. Look behind you to see the forest-clad Santa Lucia Mountains.

At the turnout at the south end of the bridge climb to the top of the small mound for another excellent viewpoint, particularly beautiful at sunset. Alternatively, walk up the Old Coast Road, opposite the northern turnout, for an exceptional view of the entire bridge, creek and ocean. A short walk north of the bridge is Castle Rock Viewpoint, which presents vistas of its namesake island.

The bridge is 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of Big Sur Village and 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of the city of Monterrey. The most convenient way to get here is via car. The area has ample parking spaces. Public buses also travel from both Big Sur and Monterrey. Ride a bike to the bridge for invigorating exercise.

Combine your time at Bixby Bridge with a drive or bike ride along the Old Coast Road. This zigzagging back road travels inland passed rolling green fields, rugged cliffs and thick redwood forests.


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Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast $360
Reviewed on May 10, 2019
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Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast

Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast

120 Highland Dr, Carmel, CA
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Views and quality of breakfast. Would highly recommend.

    Petite Ocean Retreat
    Reviewed on Dec 29, 2018
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    Petite Ocean Retreat

    Petite Ocean Retreat

    Carmel, CA
       
      4.5 of 5
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      Fantastic accommodations clearly recently updated. The location made for perfect isolation while 10 minutes away from shopping! Penny was very amiable and attentive. There was no traffic noise or other disturbances. Will definitely come back.

      Carmel Riviera Retreat; Availabile for car Week and Concours D'elegance
      Reviewed on Dec 11, 2017
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      Carmel Riviera Retreat; Availabile for car Week and Concours D'elegance

      Carmel Riviera Retreat; Availabile for car Week and Concours D'elegance

      Carmel, CA
         
        4.9 of 5
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        Mary Ellen (owner) was very attentive from the minute we met her. She gave us a tour of her home when we first arrived and shared information about the home's history. The home is very well maintained and comes with a weekly gardener and maid service. It seems far but in reality it is only a few ...

        Ocean and Sunset Views; Quiet Location on Large Lot; Private hot tub
        Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019
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        Ocean and Sunset Views; Quiet Location on Large Lot; Private hot tub

        Ocean and Sunset Views; Quiet Location on Large Lot; Private hot tub

        Carmel, CA
           
          4.9 of 5
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          This property in the hills overlooking the Pacific just south of Carmel is very special. Light pours in from the western sky and the waves glisten outside oversize windows. We were lucky with February sun, which enabled us to sit on the deck afternoons and take it all in. In other directions windows ...

          Crystal Cottage of Carmel
          Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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          Crystal Cottage of Carmel

          Crystal Cottage of Carmel

          Carmel Highlands, CA
             
            4.7 of 5
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            The property was much better priced than other options in the area. With that it was still a beautiful location, it was clean, and had everything we needed for our stay. The owners were extremely nice and helpful. We definitely recommend and would stay there again.

            Big Sur Lodge $299
            Reviewed on May 10, 2019
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            Big Sur Lodge

            Big Sur Lodge

            47225 Highway One, Big Sur, CA
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Nice & quiet there but we would have liked to relax with TV later after the sun set & dinner.

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              Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Carmel, this romantic property is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Gravity Garden and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Point Lobos State Reserve. Gibson Beach and China Cove are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Indulge Yourself in a Spectaclar 2 Bedroom Unit at the Hyatt Highlands Inn
                Indulge Yourself in a Spectaclar 2 Bedroom Unit at the Hyatt Highlands Inn

                Indulge Yourself in a Spectaclar 2 Bedroom Unit at the Hyatt Highlands Inn

                Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
                   
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                  Situated in Carmel, this property is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Gravity Garden and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Point Lobos State Reserve. Gibson Beach and China Cove are also within 3 mi (5 km).