Bixby Bridge – See the photographs below of the famous bridges.
California has some of the most iconic bridges around. Today we take most of them for granted as we drive over them, but back when many were being constructed in the early 20th century they were changing the economic engine of California as the West Coast population was exploding. It is hard to downplay their value when you think about how much time it would take to drive around something like San Francisco Bay when trying to reach Marin County just minutes away from San Francisco. The mountain passes and coastal highways all transport people and goods saving time and money constantly. Unfortunately many of these famous bridges are aging and in need of repair or even replacement.
These picturesque bridges come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. Some are suspension bridges, others are more typical arch bridges or beam bridges, and then there are rare bridges like the covered bridge in Felton and the wooden trestle and deck truss bridge over the Albion River. This trestle bridge is probably next to be replaced as it’s the last wooden bridge on Highway 1.
The Golden Gate Bridge might be the most photographed bridge in the country. This 1.7 mile long bridge was completed in 1937 and is suspended by two huge towers with a 4200 foot main span – a record that stood for nearly 3 decades. It is considered a wonder of the modern world by civil engineers. Nearby is the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge which is also a suspension bridge, but gets far less respect from engineers (and photographers).
Then there are the historic bridges along the coast on Highway 1 including well-known spans such as Bixby Bridge, Rocky Creek Bridge, and Big Creek Bridge all in close proximity along the Big Sur Coast. These arch and double arch bridges frequently grace postcards and calendars. There are many other important and attractive bridges in our state. Here are pictures the best bridges on or near the coast in California.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
There are many ways to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
The Bay Bridge deserves to be photographed more often!
Bixby Bridge, Big Sur
The beach under Bixby Bridge is inaccessible though beautiful
Big Creek Bridge, Big Sur
Big Creek Bridge is less known than Bixby but equally impressive
Rocky Creek Bridge, Big Sur
Rocky Creek Bridge is a little closer to Carmel than Big Sur
Coronado Bridge, San Diego
Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena
This unique bridge deserves a spot on this list
Albion River Bridge, Albion
This wood trestle and truss bridge towers over Albion Flat Beach
Fernbridge over Eel River, Loleta
Arroyo Hondo Bridge, Santa Barbara
At Arroyo Hondo Beach you get an abandoned bridge and an active train trestle
Jug Handle Creek Bridge, Fort Bragg
This arch bridge backs Jug Handle State Beach
Russian Gulch State Park, Mendocino
You have to walk under this bridge to reach Russian Gulch State Park Beach
Felton Covered Bridge, near Santa Cruz
Felton Covered Bridge is one of the last of this type in California
Bridge to Nowhere, San Gabriel Mountains
You can’t drive to it, but you can hike and bungee jump here!
Beaches on this list
Kirby Cove Beach is at the base of the Marin Headlands north of the entrance to San Francisco Bay. The view from the beach is stunning with the city of […]
Fort Baker is a historic army post at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge that was built in the early 1900’s. It’s now a park within the Golden […]
The beach at West Bluff Picnic Area is located at the west end of Crissy Field Park right below Fort Point National Historic Site and very near the Golden Gate […]
There are several beaches along the shoreline of Yerba Buena Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay about halfway between San Francisco and Oakland. Some of the beaches are […]
The land behind Bixby Bridge south of Carmel is private property and the beach below is inaccessible due to cliffs north and south of the bridge, but don’t let that […]
Rocky Creek Beach is below the Rocky Creek Bridge along a steep section of Highway 1 south of Carmel and north of Big Sur. The creek flows down through Las […]
Albion Flat Beach is at the back of a protected cove below a picturesque Highway 1 bridge. The Albion River Bridge is a combination of wooden trestle and deck truss […]
Tidelands Park is a Coronado city park with sports fields, a skate park, and a sandy beach on San Diego Bay. It is located next to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge […]
Arroyo Hondo Beach is a small beach at the mouth of Arroyo Hondo Creek west of Santa Barbara. The beach here has some sand, but is narrow and rocky in […]
Jug Handle State Natural Reserve is next to Highway 1 about midway between the towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg on the Mendocino County Coast. The park is known for […]
Russian Gulch State Park, north of Mendocino, has a sandy beach below the Highway 1 bridge where Russian Gulch Creek flows into a narrow cove. Kids can play in the safe […]
Check out one of the only covered bridges in California. Unlike the East Coast which has many, these historic photogenic bridges are few and far between on the West Coast. […]
Discover an old concrete arch bridge that was never put into use. Soon after it was completed in 1936 the hillsides where the highway was planned to go washed out […]