Due note 1: Best at sunset
as the sun is not directly behind the bridge.
Due note 2: As one of the
main road attractions this place is usually packed with people and cars on the
roadside, drive slowly because people are crossing the road and taking pictures
as well as backed up cars that pull out from their road-side parking. Do not
block the road or stop at the bridge.
My thoughts: I visit this bridge
many times and always find it as an amazing view of engineering work that somehow
flow with the coastline cliffs traversing over the deep canyon below. Highly recommended
even for a short stop on your way.
Some information about the bridge:
concrete open-spandrel arch bridge was built for $200,000, and officially
opened on November 27th 1932. Standing at 280ft high with a total length of
714ft, Bixby Creek Bridge was the highest single-span archway in the world at
the time it opened.
Where to park:
congested are so drive slowly and prepare to stop.
If you are coming from the north (Monterey):
The best place
is to stop on the right side just before the bridge, there is a small parking place.
If you started
to cross the bridge do not do a U turn but rather keep driving there is another
small place to park your car few hundred feet after the bridge or much higher at
the cliffs, a mile away south.
to park near the north side of the bridge is to turn left into a dirt road just
when the road turns right onto the bridge (be careful when you cross to the
other side of the road). This is a narrow unpaved road that is leading to hills,
try to park near the entrance, soon the road narrow and you cannot park your
car or make an easy U turn.
If you are coming from the south
Stop first at Hurricane
highest viewpoint, 1 mile before the bridge. From here you have the view down
the road all the way to the bridge at the end.
On a busy day,
the preferred parking is right after you are crossing the bridge turn right
into the dirt road and park there, cross the road to the main viewing point on
the other side of the road.