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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 CA $280
Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast

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120 Highland Dr, Carmel, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a state park, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gravity Garden and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Hidden Beach and Gibson Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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    Carmel Riviera Retreat

    Carmel Riviera Retreat

    6 Yankee Point Dr, Carmel, CA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Carmel Riviera, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Garrapata State Park and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Gravity Garden and Garrapata Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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      Ocean & Sunset View Retreat With hot tub

      Ocean & Sunset View Retreat With hot tub

      209a Crest Road, Carmel, CA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Carmel, this romantic holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park and Gravity Garden. Monastery Beach and Hidden Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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        Sanctuary Retreat Offering Luxurious Social Distancing

        188 Upper Walden Road, Carmel, CA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Carmel, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gravity Garden and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Garrapata State Park and Monastery Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Ocean View Historic Seven Bedroom Villa: Lx41
          Ocean View Historic Seven Bedroom Villa: Lx41

          Ocean View Historic Seven Bedroom Villa: Lx41

          151 highlands drive, Carmel, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Carmel villa is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Gravity Garden and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Monastery Beach and Hidden Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Lx41: Ocean View Historic Villa
            Lx41: Ocean View Historic Villa

            Lx41: Ocean View Historic Villa

            151 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Carmel, this golf villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gravity Garden and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Monastery Beach and Hidden Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Car Week @ Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn - 2 Story Oceanview - Sleeps 4+
              Car Week @ Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn - 2 Story Oceanview - Sleeps 4+

              Car Week @ Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn - 2 Story Oceanview - Sleeps 4+

              120 Highlands Dr, 443, Carmel, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Carmel, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gravity Garden and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Hidden Beach and Gibson Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Breathtaking Big Sur Coast - Spacious 1br+kitchen Sleeps 4
                Breathtaking Big Sur Coast - Spacious 1br+kitchen Sleeps 4

                Breathtaking Big Sur Coast - Spacious 1br+kitchen Sleeps 4

                120 Highlands Dr, Carmel, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Carmel, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gravity Garden and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Hidden Beach and Gibson Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).