We took a road trip to Monterey Bay and drove along highway 1 soaking in some of the most beautiful views in California. We passed along the Bixby Bridge, also known as Bixby Creek Bridge and Bixby Canyon Bridge, and it was absolutely beautiful.
The Bixby Bridge is one of the most photographed spots in Central California. The iconic architectural landmark was completed in 1932 and to this day, is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world spanning a total of 714 feet in length. This iconic bridge has been featured in music videos, TV ads, postcards, movies, and shows such as HBO’s “Big Little Lies”.
The Bixby Bridge is located on highway 1 just 18 miles south of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. You can drive along highway 1 enjoying the views of the Big Sur rocky coastline. You can pull off on Hurricane Point to snap some beautiful photos of the bridge and soak in the salty breeze. Beware of the rigid wind, it is named Hurricane Point for a reason!
We went at both sunset on a weekend and mid-morning on a weekday. Due to being such a famous bridge, it can be very populated depending on the time. Don’t be surprised if it is hard to find legal parking. I also do not advise you to park illegally along the highway. Law enforcement enforces parking and it isn’t safe to park along the highway. We drove around several times before finding safe parking, but it was well worth it. You also are not able to walk across the bridge so plan on seeing the bridge from Hurricane Point. I recommend going on a week day when it is less likely to be busy.
The Bixby Bridge is truly remarkable. We stood looking out in awe of the beautiful California coastline. If you are planning a trip to Monterey or a trip along highway 1, definitely put the Bixby Bridge on your to-do list.