Bixby Bridge
Bixby Bridge
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Built in 1932, Bixby bridge is a picturesque sight in stunning Big Sur and one of the most photographed bridges on the Pacific Coast Highway. But it's not just a photo opportunity; the area offers fantastic hiking and wildlife sightings as well. If you're looking for the best view of the bridge, park at the Castle Rock viewpoint on the north side, or head half a mile inland to the Bixby Bridge vista point. If you're planning to visit during golden hour, prepare for heavy traffic and scarce parking available, especially in the warmer months.
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  • Paul Smith Palliser
    Peru302 contributions
    Must stop and take pictures.
    I've always seen pictures of this bridge and always wanted to visit. It is a must stop while travelling the PCH. The sights are amazing yet parking is kind of limited. Try to take your pictures on the north side of the bridge.
    Visited July 2022
    Written February 27, 2023
  • Kim G
    Elk Grove, California97 contributions
    Quick trip :)
    Visited this location along highway 1 on a recent trip to Monterey. It’s free to visit, cool to take pics at and can almost be squeezed into any trip when going somewhere nearby. This is one of the bridges along hwy 1 built in 1932.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom10,116 contributions
    Views
    We saw it on the way down in the hour before sunset, which is the perfect light. We saw it on the way back on a grey morning (typical in summer with the fog) which was much less favourable for good photos. Check out if you can see wildlife in the sea below, whilst you look at the views.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Mitzie M
    3 contributions
    What an amazing trip
    A must visit! Such an iconic site. The edge of the United States of America. It’s really beautiful to see the rocks’ edge and the ocean’s waves crashing against it. There’s a dirt road to the left of the bridge to be able to see the bridge from a different angle. Worth the very short drive from the bridge itself.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Etan
    4 contributions
    Bridge + Ocean = Amazing
    It truly is an amazing stop. The views of the bridge are incredible, but so is the view out into the ocean. There is ample parking on the ocean side and even more on the other side. Just don't park where it says not to. While we were there, we watched a CHP officer give two parkers $1,000 fine tickets for being in a very well signed no parking zone.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
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Anne V
Monterey, CA10 contributions
Apr 2021
Springtime in Big Sur is a great time to visit especially if you want to photograph Bixby Bridge. The beauty of this bridge is the many angles you can photograph it. It’s one beautiful and iconic place to see.
Written April 24, 2021
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Kira G
Monterey, CA106 contributions
Jul 2022
as much of an icon that this bridge is, there is absolutely NO where to park. If you do manage to squeeze in on the west side of the highway, you are taking your life in your hands. Tourists backing out onto the highway are a big danger. If you park on the east side, you run the very real risk of a $1000 fine! Better to see this bridge is to either drive over it and enjoy the experience...OR pull over about 2 miles north and look back at the view. Much better.
Written September 1, 2022
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TennisStar602
New Jersey616 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
I had always wanted to go to Big Sur, but it was always closed during each of my visits to California due to the effects of inclement weather. I went to Big Sur on a Friday afternoon in late October, and it was not too busy. The drive from San Francisco International Airport was approximately three (3) hours. There were many places to pull over in order for a person to grab photographs. I will say, though, that I found parking to be difficult. The road of Route 1 was incredibly scenic and amazing, but it was also extremely circuitous and treacherous. I would recommend for any visitors to try to take this drive during the daytime hours, and I would recommend that people wear sturdy footwear due to the difficult hiking terrain. The scenery of the mountains, the practically turquoise blue waters, the rock formations, the plant-life, and the serenity were all truly breathtaking. This was is easily in the background of all of the photographs of Big Sur, and it was marvelous to see it and to cross it.
Written October 28, 2022
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John S
Selbyville, DE105 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Imagining the construction of this beauty, nearly nine decades ago, left me in awe. To build such a long and so high of a bridge over a ruggedly beautiful canyon was such an accomplishment. Enjoy the architecture...the natural beauty of the canyon and coast are just icing on the cake.
Written March 1, 2020
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roj1281
Houston, TX515 contributions
Mar 2021
This was a nice place to stop and get photos. The bridge is beautiful to look at and with the amazing views of Big Sur behind it even more so. I saw people taking wedding photos here also. A word of caution though it gets very busy and you can take pictures on both sides of the road. Crossing the road can be a bit dangerous as some cars don't want to stop for pedestrians or some people jump out in front of the cars. Be careful!
Written July 10, 2021
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HeardItBothWays
Easton, PA2,402 contributions
Oct 2019
My husband and I visited Bixby Bridge while making our way down the West Coast. The bridge has a parking area on either side of the street on its north end. We went just before sunset, so we could see it bathed in golden light. It's such a unique and beautiful feature. Definitely worth a stop!
Written September 30, 2020
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Wendy M
Long Beach, California614 contributions
Sep 2021
This site is certainly worth the pull over. Walk along the bluffs for a good view of the bridge and gorgeous Big Sur scenery. One can't help but contemplate the cleverness of the engineers and courage of the construction workers.
Written September 19, 2021
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Michael K
995 contributions
Aug 2022
This artistically designed bridge is worth a stop if you are driving on Hwy 1. If you are south-bound, there are pullovers along the side of the road. If you are north-bound, there is a dirt road (called Coast Road in Google Maps) that goes up the hill after you pass the bridge. It offers a better vantage point. Whether you plan to stop or not, watch out for tourists trying to cross the highway.
Written August 14, 2022
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Daniel T
Twickenham, UK406 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This review is more about the entire drive through Big Sur than Bixby Bridge per se. But you can't do one without the other. The views down the coast are breayhtaking. Quiet semi-windy roads which are very well maintained. We did this in January and spotted whales shortly of the coast. Magical.
Written January 30, 2020
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Amethyst M
New York8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went to Big Sur by way of Carmel by the sea. Driving down highway 1, stopping at all
The vista stops and seeing the famous Bixby Bridge. Pictures can’t capture the beauty, you just have to see i! One of the Best day trips I’ve had. The awe inspiring views give you spiritual insight and a sense of well being.
Written March 5, 2020
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