Big Sur + Bixby Creek Bridge

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. To start at the beginning click here.

Big Sur

“I descended a dusty gravel ridge, beneath the Bixby Canyon Bridge, until I eventually arrived, at the place where your soul had died.”

If you are driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway you will pass over Bixby Creek Bridge, which is the subject of the Death Cab for Cutie song, “Bixby Canyon Bridge”. The Bixby Creek Bridge was erected in 1932 which completely baffles me. I’ll never understand how bridges like these (which are still standing!) were built-in such treacherous conditions without modern equipment.

Prior to the bridge’s completion, the residents of this area of Big Sur, California were essentially cut off during the winter. They really must have felt like they were living in their own secluded world. Even the most remote areas of the United States aren’t that remote!

Bixby Creek Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge

Big Sur

The height of my anxiety reached its pinnacle right as we crossed over the Bixby Creek Bridge. I’ve never had an anxiety attack before but pregnancy does weird things to your hormones. Next time, I’d love to stay overnight somewhere in Big Sur. I think driving leisurely, for me, would have equaled a less panic-stricken drive.

Jordan pulled off at one of the bridges vantage points and started taking photos while I stayed in the car to calm down. Eventually, I was able to calm down enough to step out of the car to admire the beautiful views. I didn’t stray far though!

Driving Highway 1 throughout California is worth experiencing, anxiety and all! The coastline is the dreamiest with its mountains, lush farmland and picturesque coastline all sharing space. I loved watching the waves crash against the cliffs. I imagined the many view points that haven’t changed from generation to generation.

Have you been to Bixby Creek Bridge or stayed overnight in Big Sur before?

Bixby Creek Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge

Big Sur

Big Sur

Big Sur

Big Sur

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15 thoughts on “Big Sur + Bixby Creek Bridge”

  1. umm i am ALWAYS amazed at how these beautiful structures were built (and like you said, still standing) before all of the technology we have today!
    it really is stunning!
    i’m hoping to visit big sur and the bixby creek bridge once we move to cali!

  2. These pictures are beautiful! I can’t remember if I’ve already told you this, but I was the same way, ESPECIALLY with heights. I went to visit Chris while he was away when I was about 7 months pregnant, and we went to this tower/memorial thing. We got to the top and I promptly sat down and couldn’t enjoy any of the views haha.

  3. These are some seriously stunning photos. I’m an east coaster through and through, but this is making me want to go west!

  4. That bridge is beautiful, and iconic, but I would have been terrified too. I have a serious fear of heights, so a lot of the northern part of the PCH would scare me.

  5. Big Sur is one of my favorite spots on earth! We usually stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea but one day I want to get a cottage in actual Big Sur. I’m with you I don’t know how they built stuff like that before modern technology! And props to you for riding the PCH while pregnant. I’d have puked for sure.

  6. I’m so sorry about the anxiety you felt! The photos you took are stunning, though. I’d love to go to Big Sur and actually spend some time enjoying the area. PCH is my favorite drive…

  7. Such a cool and iconic bridge! You got some amazing shots! I hate driving over bridges and along treacherous roads (especially in the mountains or near cliffs), so I totally resonate with your anxiety. Yikes!

  8. Beautiful pics!!! I’d love to spend more time in this part of the country!! Now I just have to work on convincing my hubby…haha!

    – Kaitlin
    kedgotwed.com

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