Are you around Los Angeles, looking for a quick road trip option to get a feel for what the Pacific coastline has to offer? The roughly forty mile stretch that starts in Santa Monica, goes through Malibu and ends at Point Mugu offers the road tripper a taste of that beauty and a lot more.
You can easily hop onto the PCH (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway and California State Route 1) either directly off westbound Interstate 10 or anywhere along Santa Monica State Beach.
As you head west you’ll pass by numerous vista and other random stopping points where you can soak in the coastline, walk the beaches and take one photo friendly shot after another. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
After checking out the beautiful SoCal Pacific coastline, stick around for sunset and you might run into a scene like in Photo of the Week: A SoCal PCH Sunset.
The Pacific Coast Highway (the PCH) has one picturesque and romantic spot after another along the California coastline. The Bixby (Creek) Bridge in Big Sur is one of the more well-known ones.
The bridge is a short 13-mile drive south on the PCH from Carmel. Coming from there, I proceeded to drive over the bridge and Bixby Creek, parking on the south end along the road.
The north end is where the tourists are all at so I had this side all to myself checking out the bridge, looking out towards the Pacific Ocean and peaking straight down at the beach and turquoise waters.
After hanging along the side of the road for a bit I drove back across the bridge and joined the rest of the visitors on the north side capturing the cliffs and coastline along with…
…one of the most photographed bridges you’ll find anywhere. The bridge opened in 1932 and is one of the world’s highest single-span concrete arch bridges.
I knew what it looked like beforehand because it has been featured in countless commercials, television shows and movies. It was even more beautiful seeing in person, a romantic spot for sure.
It’s along way down, make sure not to get to close to the edge when there.
What a great early evening hanging out at the 714-ft Bixby Bridge and along this part of the California coastline.
If your ever in the Monterey Bay area or planning a road trip on the PCH, make sure to include a stop at the Bixby Bridge in your travel plans.
What picturesque bridges have you come across in your travels?
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One of the questions in a recent #TNI chat on Twitter was, “City that was first love? Why?”. Without thinking I said San Francisco. As to why I mentioned things like the culture, the ocean and the fog.
I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years, especially growing up, a month or two at a time. I think about all the times at San Francisco Beach, at Pier 39 hanging with the sea lions, eating in China Town and grabbing a coffee (regular or Irish) at Buena Vista watching the cable cars go by. In regards to the initial question, I also said the Golden Gate Bridge. When I think San Francisco, I think the famous International Orange painted bridge, as I’m sure is the case with many people.
The bridge opened in 1937 and connects San Francisco with Marin County and points northward. You’ll cross it in your travels if following the Pacific Coast Highway. You can say you’re both on U.S. Route 101 and California State Highway 1 when you’re on the bridge. That gets the road tripper in me going.
You have San Francisco Bay on one side and the opening to the Pacific Ocean on the other. The bridge to me represents the gateway out of the United States to the Pacific and the other side of the world. There is nothing like crossing the bridge from the north and seeing the city to the left on a sunny day. You’ll usually pass by many people walking the bridge.
It’s one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Some great spots to capture it include: Baker Beach, Fort Point, the north vista point just off the bridge and Hawk Hill.This shot is taken from Fort Point.
Great shots can be had whether its night or day, sunny or foggy. For some reason, I don’t have a picture of me with the bridge as a backdrop. Just another reason to get back there soon.
When you think of San Francisco what else do you think of? What spots do you like to capture the Golden Gate Bridge from?