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The Most Famous Bridge in Big Sur

The Bixby Creek Bridge is instantly recognizable. You've probably seen it in commercials or movies: The white concrete construction of this sweeping bridge, supported by graceful arches, crosses a tremendous gap along the Big Sur cliff line next to the Pacific Ocean. Located just 13 miles south of Carmel on highway CA-1, the bridge was built in 1932 to cross Bixby Creek where it empties into the ocean.

At 714 feet long and 280 feet above the creek bed, it is not beautiful in its own right but gives drivers a dramatic view of the Big Sur coastline. As tempting as it is, do not stop in the middle of the bridge to enjoy the vista; a small pull-out area on the north end of the bridge will allow you to safely enjoy the scene and perhaps take a few photographs.

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