17 Mile Drive, California

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    It's All in the Timing

    by DueSer Written Mar 13, 2011
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    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 a golfer, this is probably on your bucket list already but there is more to this than the famous golf course. After you enter the gate, you drive a short ways through some woods and come out onto the most beautiful, rugged coastline you've about ever seen. There are several places to pull over and get out and just stand before the awesome power of those waves crashing right in front of you. There are also some areas, like around Spanish Bay, where you can park your car and get on a boardwalk and walk quite a ways along the coast. There are also benches and picnic tables and you can spend as long as you want.

    It costs almost $10 to get in (like a toll road) so seriously consider whether or not you want to make the drive on a cloudy, foggy day. If you're going to be in the area for more than a couple days, wait and see if you can get a clear day because when the sun is shining, this place is spectacular beyond words.

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    Save drive time

    by Caracalover Written Apr 12, 2008

    The Pacific Grove area is so pretty, you won't want to make a side trip to San Simeon. Try the 17 mile drive:

    http://www.guestlife.com/media/GuestLife/Monterey-Bay/Annual-2006/17-Mile-Drive-Pebble-Beach/

    instead, with a side trip down to Big Sur. The trees and the beach are not to be missed. Big Sur is on the way to San Simeon along the 1, or coast route, but the drive is far longer than it looks this way (Something like 4 hours one way). My advice is do it on your way toward San Diego, spending the night in the San Simeon area. It is a beutiful drive but not one you want to do twice in the same day. Too many curves. There are some great places to stay in that area, and some nice art type communities as well.

    Walking around Point Lobos is also a great way to spend a few hours. You can park outside the park and walk in to avoid waiting in line if you get there at the wrong time. (Parking is limited)

    Monterey Bay aquarium is world famous and quite nice.

    Best, Eric

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    17-mile Drive

    by rickyvilla81 Written Dec 10, 2006

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    The Monterey Peninsula, when you can actually see anything, is one the most stunning pieces of coastline in California. This means that a lot of rich people have moved in to admire the fog and get easy access to Pebble Beach golf course to watch a bit of Tiger Woods. This also means you have to pay money to drive past their houses (which are well hidden by trees and hedges and security cameras anyhow) and look at the sea. It's about $8 I believe, but it is worth it. Bring a camera; once you reach the 300-year old Lone Cypress, propped up on the edge of the continent like an old grandparent, you'll want to take photos, because you've seen it a thousand times on postcards and tourist brochures in Monterey and Carmel.
    I did one better. I painted it.
    You end up going past the golfers and entering carmel-by-the-Sea, where Clint Eastwood lives (and used to be mayor). If you are a punk, be sure to drop by and make his day.

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    Don't be surprised by what you see

    by deb8rcoach Written Jul 21, 2006
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    When I first heard that we had to PAY to go on this stretch of highway I was stunned, but what was more stunning was the wildlife, homes, and of course Pebble Beach Golf Course. This is a definite thumbs up. I think the kids will get a kick out of seeing the deer on the golf course and on the GREENS. Talk about hazard! This is worth a trip for sure.

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    Bird Rock, 17-mile-drive

    by sim1 Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Bird Rock, 17-mile-drive


    I think this is the part I liked the best about the 17-mile-drive. When you look closely you can see that the top of the rock is covered with birds. On the bottom it is full with see lions and harbor seals. I know it is hard to see on the picture, and it wasn't much different for real. So that is why you have to bring your binoculars! It is the only way to have a good look at it, and enjoy it to the fullest.

    Take a look at my Monterey page for more photos and info.

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    Monterey and the '17-mile-drive'

    by sim1 Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Monterey and the 17-mile-drive



    From San Francisco I followed the beautiful coast south to Monterey where I took the 17-mile-drive. The 17-mile-drive starts just south of Monterey and follows a beautiful part of the coast. It is a very touristic road, you even have to pay to drive it. Yes, I am not kidding! I think it is rediculous to pay to drive this part of the coastal road, but I enjoyed nevertheless.

    Along this road you drive along a beautiful coastline and through the forest. On the way you will see a lot of wildlife. Some of the rocks (just off-shore) are covered with sea lions, harbor seals and lots off birds. I was lucky to spot some deer as well.

    Take a look at my Monterey page for more photos and info.

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    17 Mile Drive

    by Martin_S. Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This is the most beautiful spot that I have ever seen. The picture is from a post card, but I have a personal photo that I took and it looks almost identical. A fantastic place to spend several hours just sitting and looking.

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    A special part of Highway No.1...

    by lihue Written Feb 25, 2003

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    A special part of Highway No.1 is the Seventeen Miles Drive near Monterey. A scenic road with many stops for breathtaking views leads you to the Lone Cypress, a well known landmark.

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