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. – Tripadvisor
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TennisStar602
Florida485 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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Ryan & Katy Smilko
San Jose, CA240 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Driving down Hwy 1 is a favorite of ours. Never-ending beautiful coastal views that will make you want to pull over and take 100 photographs. Well Bixby Bridge is one spot that you should pull over and stop at.

There is parking on both sides of the highway, and even a dirt road on the mainland side of the highway that you can drive up a bit and get an incredible view of the bridge from in-land.

Beware though, parking is limited, and during the warmer peak months of the year, it can get PACKED with onlookers. So we’d recommend going early morning or late evening during the sunrise/sunset hours.
Written December 26, 2020
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Michael K
809 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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Kira G
Monterey, CA105 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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Claire F
Taunton, UK1,528 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Drove over Bixby Bridge en route south to LA. This piece of architecture is amazing. Travelling on route 1 you will come across this bridge, it’s worth a stop parking available either side. It’s a must if you’re in the area at sundown the view and colours reflecting on the bridge are beautiful.
Written February 11, 2020
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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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Jenna L.
Tulsa, OK337 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Parking situation: The west side is often packed, but there is a dirt road on the east side where signs guide you to parallel park. It’s legal to park there! The views are fantastic from both sides, and it’s an easy walk to either side across the two lane road (Highway 1). Some would argue the views from the east side are better!

This is an iconic bridge that was amazing in person. Worth a stop! The beach and waves below it make for a beautiful background too.

We went when it was foggy and sunny; both times were beautiful! You could see the bridge well. Highly recommend!
Written September 5, 2022
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JamieJW
Quakertown, PA2,106 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Traveling north on RT. 1 from Los Angeles to the northern corner of the US we drove over the Bixby Bridge and stopped to admire the coastline.

The California pacific coastline is breathtaking, the rocky cliffs that meet with the blue green water is worth stopping to appreciate.

The Bixby Bridge is an amazement also, the shear size and design as it spans the rocky coast is worth stopping to admire.

Great views and a nice resting spot.
Written August 3, 2020
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Wendy M
Long Beach, California604 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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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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