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17 Mile Drive - Complete Scenic Drive Itinerary

17 Mile Drive – Complete Scenic Drive Itinerary

17 Mile Drive is among one of the most breathtaking drives on the planet with attractive coastlines, popular cypress trees, rough outcrops, as well as deluxe estates. Located on the Highway 1 Coastal Route in between Carmel by the Sea as well as Monterey, this drive takes you along the Monterey Peninsula with the Del Monte Forest as well as with among one of the most special areas in the country, Pebble Beach, California.

17 Mile Drive California

Many individuals pay $11.25 to go into the popular path in Pebble Beach by automobile, however if you ride a bike or stroll along the 17-mile stretch, it’s cost-free!

Motorcycles are not permitted on 17 Mile Drive as well as we didn’t wish to be embeded a cars and truck, so we made a decision to cycle 17 Mile Drive. But rather than applying excessive power, we did it stylishly on an e-bike. The elegance of e-biking is you can discover the attractive roadway on 2 wheels with the convenience as well as rate of a motorbike at no cost!

17 Mile Drive from Monterey – Pacific Grove to Carmel

Most individuals drive 17 mile Drive by leasing a cars and truck or taking a journey. You can examine automobile rental contrasts at

17 Mile Drive Cost

The entrance charge is 11.25 for automobiles. Walking as well as biking are cost-free. Motorcycles are not permitted on 17 mile drive. If you consume at among the 17-mile drive dining establishments, you will certainly obtain your gateway charge repaid.

To Drive or Cycle 17 Mile Drive

17 mile drive Pacific Cove, California

17 Mile Drive lies in the neighborhood of Pacific Grove, It is simply a five-minute drive from Monterey, so it is extremely simple to reach if you are remaining in community. We fulfilled our overview at Big Sur Adventures on Cannery Row where we prepared with headgears, water, as well as cutting edge e-bikes.

No issue which method you pick to see 17 Mile Drive, you are mosting likely to enjoy the landscapes. However, web traffic can be hefty as well as there is a schedule to get involved in this breathtaking drive.

We discovered that by biking, we had a great deal of liberty as well as whized previous quit automobiles in web traffic. Plus, with e-bikes, we didn’t function extremely hard since they are electrical bikes. We had the enjoyable of making use of pedal power however had the added increase of rate to rise as well as trip much faster effortlessly. We covered a great deal of ground in our mid-day scenic tour.

These E-bikes are quickly. We balanced 20 miles (32km) a hr without needing to do any kind of effort. If you wish to zoom about from location to location, the equipments as well as throttle make it very easy to strike full throttle, also rising. We hardly perspired.

Things to See on 17 Mile Drive

map of 17 mile drive stops

There are a lot of points to see as well as do on 17 Mile Drive, however Ocean View Boulevard as well as Sunset Drive have a great deal to view as well, so we recommend making a whole field trip to discover this breathtaking seaside drive.

Here’s a malfunction of the sights on 17 Mile Drive as well as Ocean View Boulevard to Carmel.

1. Lovers Point – Ocean Blvd

Lovers Point in Pacific Grove
Lovers Point was our initial quit prior to getting to 17 Mile Drive

Lovers Point is a stunning coastline with photogenic rough outcrops. It’s a preferred area for residents to socialize as well as have barbecues, play coastline volley ball, or capture a wave.

Before getting in 17 Mile Drive, we quit at a number of breathtaking point of views along Ocean Boulevard to appreciate the sights of the Monterey Peninsula. We began simply outdoors Monterey near the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as to the Gate to Pebble Beach. Lover’s Point was an attractive quit to admire the elegance of the shore. There appeared to be one pull-off after an additional for automobiles to park as well as for individuals to go out as well as delight in the sights.

2. Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Conservation Area

17 mile drive beaches

At the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Conservation Area, a team of sea otters captured our eye. At the very least a loads of them were playing in the browse of the Monterey Peninsula.

We found out that by the 1920s sea otters were thought to be vanished because of overhunting. But 50 or two endured along the shore. Some individuals state they resided in the popular Bixby Bridge location.

Today, sea otters are growing in the location many thanks to the initiatives of the Monterey Bay Aquariums Sea Otter program. We seen at the very least a loads of them swim in play in the browse as well as it was heartening to listen to that they have actually returned.

But they still encounter a significant hazard from oil spills as well as food schedule. After a number of mins of viewing the adorable little people, we got on our e-bikes, placed our equipments above, as well as whized to the following quit.

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3. John Denver Memorial

The John Denver Memorial 17 Mile Drive
The John Denver Memorial

It’s remarkable to come across the film celebrities as well as celebs that frequented this location.

Clint Eastwood was the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1980s as well as almost everybody we spoke with had some kind of star tale to inform of their facility or neighborhood.

We e found out that vocalist John Denver resided in the neighborhood for a year prior to his fatality. His airplane collapsed in the waters simply off the shore. In 2007 a memorial was devoted to the coasts to commemorate his life.

4. Point Pinos Lighthouse

As we twisted previous million-dollar homes our overview Joaquin explained the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the earliest still-operating lighthouse on the West Coast. It is still being used today to assist browse ships as well as they use day-to-day excursions. You might additionally such as: Where to Camp in Big Sur

5. Pacific Grove Gate

We got in the Gates of Pebble Beach at Pacific Grove Gate without occurrence. We zipped previous automobiles aligned to pay their entry charge. Being on a bike, we had the liberty to discover the paid section of 17 Mile Drive on our very own.

Having our bikes, we were driving faster than many automobiles embeded web traffic which permitted us to see all the leading websites effortlessly. You can grab a map of 17 Mile Drive at the Visitor’s Center, to adhere to the 21 sights.

Sure you can invest the day examining every little thing out, however if you are brief on schedule, there are a couple of need to see quits. These were our faves.

The links Golf course is near the entrance to 17 Mile Drive near Spanish Bay
The Links Golf training course is near the entry to 17 Mile Drive near Spanish Bay

The Links Golf training course at Spanish Bay is perhaps among one of the most attractive setups for golf in the United States. It was made to shield as well as recover the indigenous dunes along the shore to permit the plant to grow back at Spanish Bay.

Because of the baby room developed on-site, greater than 100,000 indigenous varieties are replanted annually producing an attractive wild shore along Spanish Bay.

The Links at Spanish Bay was the initial Scottish Style fairway in America opened up in 1987 as well as was made by five-time British Open champ Tom Watson. He kept in mind that “Spanish Bay looked so much like Scotland, you could almost hear the bagpipe piping.” Ever given that The Links at Spanish Bay has actually had pipers dip into sundown while the last golf players end up on the training course.

7. Spanish Bay

17 mile drive Spanish Bay

Spanish Bay Beach is yet an additional breathtaking quit along a lengthy stretch of coastline. In the late 1700s, the Spanish camped below while looking for Monterey Bay. Confusion as well as health issues embed in as well as 6 months later on they returned having actually never ever discovered Monterey Bay. Little did they understand, just how close they were.

It wasn’t up until a year later on with an additional exploration event that they in fact found Monterey Bay which was concealed in ordinary view. Spanish Bay was called for the Spanish traveler Gaspar de Portolà that camped below in 1769 never ever locating what he was searching for.

You can additionally remain below at the Inn at Spanish Bay. It ignores The Links at Spanish Bay as well as is close to the Bird Rock Vista neglect.

8. China Rock

Looking over China rock along the 17 Mile Drive
Looking over China rock along the 17 Mile Drive

China Rock is an additional attractive point of view along the 17 Mile Drive. This was a Chinese neighborhood in the 1800s where they developed little lean-to houses versus the rocks.

9. Bird Rock

Bird Rock, along 17 Mile Drive, is a little smaller today.
Bird Rock, along the 17 Mile Drive, is a little smaller sized today.

Our following quit was an additional attractive hunt at Bird Rock. Joaquin informed us that it made use of to be a number of inches greater however they eliminated all the bird poop.

Once they removed the layer of dung away, the sea lions took control of awhile and now that the layer of white bird droppings has actually taken control of once again, it’s returned to the birds providing wonderful discoveries for bird viewers.

10. Seal Rock

Seal Rock is an excellent outing location as well as is a wonderful area to go out, extend your legs as well as choose a stroll. It was called for the harbor seals as well as sea lions that constant the location.

11. Crocker Grove

17 Mile Drive might be popular for its passing away Monterey cypress trees along the coast, however prior to you get to the Lone Cypress Point Lookout, make a drop in Crocker Grove. The Cypress Trees of Crocker Grove are healthy and balanced as well as solid. You’ll additionally discover a few of the earliest as well as biggest cypress trees on the planet below.

The creator of Pebble Beach Samuel F.B. Morse, seen to it to protect the location, as well as its Monterey cypress Trees. The drive experiences 5300 acres consisting of the Del Monte Forest.

12. The Lone Cypress

The Lone cypress on 17 Mile Drive
The Lone Cypress on 17 Mile Drive

We were most anticipating Cypress Point Lookout to see the Lone Cypress as it’s the image that we’ve seen around the Internet of 17 Mile Drive. It’s a renowned Monterey Cypress tree resting alone on a rough outcrop But it wound up being a little bit frustrating to us. It appears that many digital photographers have actually done their creative framework as well as placing to make it appear much more interesting than it is.

Even though we were dissatisfied, the Lone Cypress is still a must-stop along the 17 Mile Drive. It is the sign of Pebble Beach, California, as well as the 250-year-old tree currently has steel cords holding it up. If you take care of to do the 17 Mile Drive in the future, you need to quit below for an appearance since you never ever understand just how much longer the Lone Cypress will certainly last.

13. Ghost Tree

The Ghost Tree on 17 Mile Drive
The Ghost Tree on 17 Mile Drive

Just a little further along the roadway was the Ghost Tree which was a much more excellent sight for us. The sundown occurs straight behind the Ghost Tree (in March anyhow) as well as it produces an attractive scene.

It’s a plain comparison to the Lone Cypress that is still living. This dead cypress tree with nude branches provides a threatening sight of the sea. Legend has it the Lady in Lace can be seen at the Ghost Tree on unclear evenings.

14. Mansions

Mansions dot the landscape along 17 Mile Drive
Mansions populate the landscape along 17 Mile Drive

There are 21 sights along the 17 Mile Drive path map, however none state the $20-$40 million buck estates that line the coast. Dave as well as I couldn’t think the variety of multimillion-dollar houses as well as asked yourself, “who lives here?” How do so many individuals have such substantial riches?

The 17 mile drive homes are absolutely developed for the abundant as well as popular as well as it is enjoyable to envision that is concealing behind the high-manicured bushes. We might have picked up a peek at each building however that would certainly have taken the whole day!

15. Pescadero Point

Walking along Pebble Beach at 17 Mile Drive
Walking along Pebble Beach at 17 Mile Drive

Before biking along 17 Mile Drive, we invested a day surfing with the Carmel Surf Company off its charming lengthy sandy coastline. While there, our teacher explained Pebble Beach as well as we didn’t understand simply exactly how close 17 Mile Drive was to where we began.

Stopping at Pescadero Point offered us charming sights of Carmel Bay as well as Stillwater cove. It was our last panorama prior to reducing right into the Pebble Beach neighborhood.

16. Pebble Beach Visitor Center

The Pebble Beach Visitor Center traces the background of 17 Mile Drive from its starts as a carriage path in 1881. There are 20 shows with interactive maps, an exterior patio area, as well as food as well as beverages. Hours: 8 am to 7 pm.

17. Pebble Beach Golf Links

17 mile drive pebble beach golf links

There are a number of first-rate golf links at Pebble Beach as well as The Pebble Beach Golf Links at Spanish Bay was elected among the Best Public Golf Courses in the country by Golf Digest. The 2019 United States Open was held at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Other Golf Courses are: Pebble Beach Golf Links Spyglass Hill Golf Course Del Monte Golf Course Pebble Beach Golf Academy

Peter Hay Par-3 Golf Course – If you don’t wish to golf a complete 18 openings while seeing Pebble Beach, begged the only Par 3 training course in the location as well as make certain to see the 100th U.S. Open Monument that was installed throughout the 2000 U.S. to recognize the win in 2000 (by Tiger Woods) as well as the various other 99 champions of the 20th century.

18. The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Lodge at Pebble Beach – The Lodge at Pebble Beach go back to 1919 as well as is a wonderful location to quit on your journey around the drive. If you have the budget plan, it’s additionally a wonderful location to remain in Pebble Beach. It’s within strolling range of a few other 17 mile drive tourist attractions consisting of Point Joe as well as Fanshell Overlook.

This restored to 5-star deluxe, the lodge is popular for ignoring the 18th opening of the impressive fairway situated on the sea.

19. Mission Ranch

Mission Ranch Carmel by the Sea

We also made the detour to see Clint Eastwood’s popular cattle ranch. The Mission Ranch go back to the 1800s as well as was saved by Eastwood while he was mayor of Carmel. It was readied to be an apartment advancement.

Today it is a resort as well as dining establishment established on 22 acres with lamb grazing in the field.

It’s well worth a journey simply to state you’ve existed since it appears that everybody you satisfy in the location asks if you mosted likely to Clint Eastwood’s cattle ranch.

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center

We didn’t ride equines throughout our journey with 17 Mile Drive, however we saw a lot of equines throughout our remain in the location. The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center supplies directed excursions with its 27 miles of tracks within the Del Monte Forest. From the Equestrian Center you undergo the Del Monte Forest to a Coastal Trail where you’ll delight in a seaside outing. We require to include that to our checklist the following time we see!

20. Pebble Beach Food as well as Wine Event

Food carmel by the sea
The Baratta was to crave.

If you take place to be in the location in April, the yearly Pebble Beach Food & Wine Event has actually been a practice given that 2008. More than 100 star cooks companion with 250 vineyards establishing sampling areas for white wine samplings as well as food pairings.

21. Huckleberry Hill

We didn’t make it to Huckleberry Hill, however if you have even more time, you can make your method as much as this point of view that is 800 feet over water level to neglect the Del Monte Forest. It lies at the Highway-1 Gate previous Shephard’s Knoll. Apparently this was John Steinbeck’s favored quit on 17 Mile Drive.

22. Carmel by the Sea

17 mile drive carmel bay

After a trip with the Lodge at Pebble Beach as well as the Pebble Beach Golf Links, we wove our method with the silent back roads towards our accommodations.

Our journey finished in the charming community of Carmel. We recommend investing the evening in Carmel as there are a lot of points to see as well as do. From buying in its stores to great eating, this is a wonderful enchanting retreat. We have a whole malfunction of points to do in Carmel at The Best Things to do in Carmel by the Sea

Where to Stay On 17 Mile Drive

We invested 2 days in Carmel prior to starting our journey down the Pacific Coast Highway 1. There are a lot of areas to remain in Carmel as well as you can additionally remain in Monterey which is extremely near Pebble Beach.

The Hideaway

The Hideaway in Carmel By the Sea California

We liked our remain at the Hideaway Hotel in Carmel however there are various other areas to remain too which we have actually discussed for your recommendation.

The Hideaway lies simply half a mile from the coastline however is additionally centrally situated midtown.

Inn at Spanish Bay – The Inn at Spanish Bay lies at the Links Golf Course. All areas have a relaxing fire place as well as there are numerous eating alternatives offered at this 5-star hotel ignoring Spanish Bay

Casa Palermo – Located at the Pebble Beach Golf as well as Links, this Mediterranean Style Accommodation has 24 sophisticated areas with an acclaimed health facility, golf, as well as luxury facilities.

Where To Eat Along 17 Mile Drive

17 mile drive where to eat La Balena in Carmel by the Sea
La Balena in Carmel

La Balena Cucina Toscana

With its main area in Carmel, we were simply a brief stroll from our supper bookings at La Balena Cucina Toscana Carmel. Juniper Street appears to be the occurring road for dining establishments as well as coffee shops in Carmel as well as both The Hideaway as well as Labalena are positioned on it.

La Balena was our much-loved dish of our whole journey. The ambience was exceptional as we ate on their outside patio area with warm lights maintaining us cozy cozy. Run by Chef Emanuel Bartolini as well as his other half, the dining establishment catches Tuscan food perfectly.

As you understand we’ve invested a great deal of time in Tuscany as well as really felt entirely in the house consuming fresh burrata with olive oil, gnocchi with truffles, as well as tasty pastas Neri with clams, muscular tissues, shellfishes in a tomato chili brodo.

Pebble Beach Food

We didn’t consume in Pebble Beach, however there are a lot of alternatives to consume at 17-mile drive dining establishments as well as you will certainly obtain your gateway charge repaid if you consume at among the pebble coastline firm dining establishments. Most individuals outing at one of the numerous coastlines as well as outing locations.

The most preferred outing areas are seal rock as well as factor joe. Pack a lunch as well as make a day of it. Or even better, see the pebble coastline market for some outing food.

17 Mile Drive – Frequently Asked Questions

Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Conservation Area

How a lot does it set you back to drive 17 Mile Drive?

If strolling or biking 17 Mile drive is cost-free. The entrance charge for automobiles is $11.25 at eviction, however if you invest $35 or even more at pebble coastline hotels dining establishments omitting pebble coastline market, you can obtain your gateway charge back. Motorcycles are not permitted on 17 Mile Drive.

Where do you begin 17 Mile Drive?

17 Mile Drive begins at Pacific Grove Gate at Pebble Beach, California.

If you are driving southern from San Francisco along Highway 1 take the departure to CA 68 West in the direction of Pebble Beach, you’ll after that see indications for the Pacific Grove Pebble Beach Gate entry.

We began with Big Sur Adventures in Monterey as well as cycled about Ocean View Boulevard to sunset drive prior to making our method to the Pebble Beach Gate where 17 mile drive formally starts.

You can additionally access 17 Mile Drive from the Country Club Gate, Carmel gateway, S.F.B. Morse Gate, or Highway 1 Gate.

How long is 17 Mile drive to see?

You can zoom with the 17 miles swiftly, however we recommend 3 to 4 hrs to see all the views. Have lunch in Pebble Beach as well as make a day of it. There are coastlines, panoramas as well as a lot of areas to capture sundown.

Is there holiday accommodation on 17 mile drive.

There are 3 deluxe Pebble Beach hotels in the 17 mile drive. The Inn at Spanish Bay, Casa Palmero, as well as the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

17 Mile Drive Hours of Operation

cycling 17 mile drive california

17 Mile drive is open from daybreak to sunset to site visitors, however if you are remaining in among the Pebble Beach hotels, you have accessibility to it 24/7. The entrances to Pebble Beach are patrolled 24 hr a day.

For even more info on 17 Mile Drive, Carmel, as well as Monterey, see the See Monterey Website. Ebiking excursions of 17 Mile Drive beginning at $59 each. For holiday accommodations have a look at The Hideaway for bookings as well as rates.

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Our journey to California remained in collaboration with Visit California. For even more info on California traveling as well as plans, see their web site. As typical, all point of views are our very own.

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