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Fabulous viewpoint for photos. There is room to park both sides of the highway. Need to be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mandurah, Australia
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Beautiful iconic location on the Big Sur highway.

Stopped here when driving south from Carmel down Highway 1 to the Big Sur coastline. The overlook... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This historical bridge is a popular subject for photographers.
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 7, 2010

Bixby Bridge is about 25 miles south of Carmel. As other reviews have stated, there is a scenic pullout on the north end of the bridge on the west side of Hwy 1. But you cannot get the Pacific Ocean in the picture from this...More

12  Thank jim727
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 24, 2015

White-knuckle-drive for me since I am terrified of heights! I am told the views are great but I was so frozen on the traffic and road ahead of me that I could not bear to look elsewhere! I am sure it's a good view, but...More

3  Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous viewpoint for photos. There is room to park both sides of the highway. Need to be careful if you have young kids as there are no rails around the areas where you take your photos.

Thank Trixie70
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here when driving south from Carmel down Highway 1 to the Big Sur coastline. The overlook stopping point is a great place to take a photo with the bridge in the background and mountains/ocean as backdrop. Definitely recommend making the stop for a least...More

Thank James T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most scenic backdrops I’ve ever seen! Just gorgeous. The bridge and water views are worth stopping!

Thank Daydream537751
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing drive. I was a passenger so very fortunate to be able to take all the views in. Bixby bridge is an well worth the stop, if only for 5 minutes.

Thank M M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone has seen pictures of this bridge that was one of the first built on Highway 1 south of Carmel. If you want to see it, plan on really tough parking and traffic jams rivaling 'bear jams' in the National Parks. You can only get...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve lived only an hour’s drive from Big Sur for almost forty years. For thee decades, it was so uncrowded, I felt it was my own. It was a spiritual place where I came to recharge. No longer. No matter the day of the week...More

1  Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're staying in Monterey or Carmel, you should do yourself a favor and take the drive down to Bixby Bridge. It's an Iconic bridge that you've probably seen dozens of photos of or in movies and tv shows. It's quite spectacular and beautiful and...More

Thank Bubuflu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw this bridge on the computer at home & wondered where it was cause it looked fabulous, finally found out where it was and that it was on our route down through California so we had to stop & get some pics. The bridge looks...More

Thank Sandie-mitch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always make a point to stop and marvel at this bridge! There is a nice pull over to get out and take some nice photos of the bridge and coast line.

Thank Travelganters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had seen the bridge from the sea and stopped on a drive down the coast. It's very scenic and a great photo op, but consider it a brief stop along a longer journey.

Thank bynw
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September 10, 2018|
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Response from UCLAgirl | Reviewed this property |
Highway 1 is completely open now. No matter the direction you drive from you can access the bridge and all of Big Sur.
June 20, 2018|
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Response from 1Ming | Reviewed this property |
Yes the bridge remains open. It is the part above San Simeon that is closed. we stayed over there to see the elephant seals, then went back on the inland highway to detour around the closure to get to big Sur.
May 15, 2018|
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Response from Rawa13 | Reviewed this property |
If that’s the case, avoid route 1 as much as possible. You could even go a bit south of Big Sur and then come north using Route 1. The advantage is the north-bound route 1 is on the side of mountains (as opposed to cliffs... More