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Monterey Bay Big Sur Helicopter Tour
"Board the helicopter at Monterey Regional Airport and slip on your headphones to hear the live onboard narration from your professional pilot who customizes your tour and offers informative commentary throughout your 60-minute flight.Your pilot takes you along an exciting 23-mile (37-km) route down California’s central coastline all the way to Big Sur. Snap photos of the expansive vist including the mountains of the Southern Coast Ranges and admire views of Carmel and Big Sur’s Santa Lucia Mountains that rise dramatically from the blue ocean. Look for whales and other marine mammals as you soak up the spectacular landscape below including the Bixby Creek Bridge possibly the most photographed bridge on the entire Pacific Coast Highway."
From $475.00
 
Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour
"The Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and b which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea tren California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After an optional stop in Santa Cruz a rest break and optional photo stops along the way you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). After lunch
From $140.00
 
Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour
"Meet at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel to begin your 3-hour walking tour of this lovely coastal town an artist’s colony that is a foodie’s delight. With your small group learn about Carmel’s history and architecture as you follow your knowledgeable guide through hidden passageways and tiny plazas even many locals don’t know about. Covering just over a mile and interspersed with frequent tasting breaks this well-paced tour is suitable for adults of all fitness levels. Visit local eateries and food shops to meet the owners and enjoy some gourmet tastings. Places you may visit include Anton & Michel Casanova Restaurant Terry's Lounge in the Historic Cypress Inn La Bicyclette
From $79.00

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Rocky Creek Bridge

The Rocky Creek bridge is the less famous of the CA Highway 1 arched bridged in the California Central Coast. This bridge is nearer to the Monterey Peninsula by a few miles but if you are driving along the CA Route 1 route, you will pass both the Rocky Creek Bridge and Bixby Bridge. Bothe these bridges were made in 1932 but the Bixby Bridge has a longer arch and both has vista points where you can take pictures and videos of the romantic and post card perfect central california rugged coasts. It is located in Monterey County a few miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea and just north of the more famous Bixby Creek Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway. As its name implies, it spans the Rocky Creek.

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May 15, 2012

Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge is a stunning bridge that spans Bixby Creek, and if you travel along Highway 1 you can't miss it. It is one of the world's highest single span bridges and a much photographed feature of the Californian coast.

The bridge is 218m long and 85m high, and its main span is 98m long. It was build between 1931-1932 and once completed in enabled vehicles to easily access the Big Sur region.

The easiest place to stop for photos is on the northern side of the bridge where you will find some space for parking on the road side. After you cross the bridge (going south) there is a larger stopping area though it is a bit further away and you will have to do some major zooming to get a good shot of the bridge.

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sue_stone
Nov 07, 2008

Bixby Bridge

Once the highest arch bridge in the world, this bridge, 260 feet high and 700 feet long, is one of the most photographed spots along the coast. It's very photogenic, set against high cliffs, green mountains, and a beautiful ocean.

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chewy3326
Dec 06, 2005

Rainbow Bridge of Big Sur

Big Sur has many bridges spanning over deep canyons and bays, The most famous is the Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as the Rainbow Bridge it spans 260 feet and has an amazing view over the ocean.

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cnango
Aug 30, 2011
 
 
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Engineering feats

It took a lot of effort to build this coast road through a sparsely populated coastline stretching a couple hundred miles.

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"Big Sur, One of My Favorite Places"
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Bixby Bridge

The Bixby bridge is just one of the Many Bridges you cross to and from Monterey Going to the Central Coasts of California to Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Lucia, Pismo Beach, Cambria, etc along the...
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Bixby Bridge

The Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete arch bridge in Big Sur, 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel on State Route 1. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932,...
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McWay Falls

The highlight of the state park is McWay falls. To enter and park there is a self pay honor system of $10.00. As I heard many people say while walking around this is a huge waste of money because...
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Garland Ranch Regional Park

Garland Ranch Regional Park is located just a short drive up Carmel Valley Road, and is a great place to get away from civilization for a while. This park has easy to difficult trails that go from...
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Point Lobos State Reserve

The Reserve opens daily at 9 A.M. Visitors must leave the reserve by the closing time posted at the ranger station Summer closing time: Daylight Savings Time: begins Sunday, April 4, 2004. No...
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17 Mile Drive

Every previous visit I've made to Carmel has been a foggy one. On my last trip however, I finally timed it right. It was a GORGEOUS, sun-sun-sunny day - perfect for doing the 17-Mile Drive. If you're...
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