Monterey, California

Photograph Bixby Bridge

Originally added by Lucas Pols

Before the Golden Gate Bridge, this was the bridge to photograph.

You can't miss this bridge if you are driving north on highway one.

The best time for capturing sunsets behind the bridge is December. The positioning of the sun will better coincide with the location of the bridge.There are four main angles to capture the bridge:

  • The first two are up close on either side of the bridge-- behind the bridge, you will find a couple of small trails that will lead you down the hillside a bit get a better angle on the bridge
  • The third is by taking the dirt road to right before it starts going downhill.
  • The fourth is another far shot that will give the entire coastline along with a bit of the bridge.There are of course small variations to each shot!

Great place to photograph and certainly a worthwhile stop while in Big Sur

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Bixby is the place to be!

Cool photo opportunities, cool secret-camping and an awesome place to check out if you're in Big Sur.

Timing

As Jacob mentioned in his review below the time of day definitely makes or breaks photographing this bridge. I don't have one good shot of my own simply because I've only been midday when the lighting was bad, making the bridge appear boring. Hard to capture the magic you see around it in person if you're not there for sunrise or sunset.

Great spot to photograph!

Don't limit yourself to the taking pictures from solely the area where people park. Walk across the main road and venture along the dirt road that climbs into the hills. You can get some great shots over there as well!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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