17 Mile Drive, California, USA

Monterey is a coastal paradise for recreation, water sports, golf, wine tasting, arts, dining, and festivals. There is a small toll charge for driving on the 17 Mile Drive, although if you stop off for a bite to eat and any of the restaurants en-route, this will usually be refunded. There are three main gates for entering and exiting the 17-mile drive—the Pacific Grove Gate to the North, the Highway 1 Gate on the Southwest and the Carmel Gate to the South which gives you direct access to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Be sure to pick up a 17-Mile Drive Map when you stop at the entry gate, just follow the marked route and enjoy the "21 Points of Interest" along the way:

  1. Shepherd's Knoll : Spectacular views of the valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains
  2. Huckleberry Hills : An abundance of native huckleberry bushes, this is one of the highest elevations in Del Monte Forest
  3. Poppy Hills Golf Course
  4. The Inn & Links at Spanish Bay
  5. Spanish Bay : This is a popular picnic spot
  6. The Restless Sea : An underwater rock shelf causes wave turbulence
  7. Point Joe : Early mariners often crashed on these rocks after mistaking this for the entrance to Monterey Bay
  8. China Rock : This landmark is named in honor of Chinese who settled in nearby
  9. Bird Rock Hunt Course
  10. Bird Rock : Bring binoculars if you have them (there's a row of telescopes on site if you don't) to get an up-close view of hundreds of birds, harbor seals and sea lions.
  11. Seal Rock Picnic Area
  12. Spyglass Hill Golf Course
  13. Fanshell Overlook : Fanshell Overlook attracts harbor seals and is closed during harbor seal pupping season April 1 to June 1
  14. Cypress Point Lookout
  15. Crocker Grove : Native pine and cypress trees are abundant in this 13-acre nature reserve
  16. The Lone Cypress : The Lone Cypress Tree is one of the most famous trees in the world
  17. The Ghost Tree
  18. Pescadero Point : The northernmost point of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove)
  19. The Lodge at Pebble Beach
  20. Peter Hay Par-3 Golf Course
  21. Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
Some pictures taken at the 17 mile drive ..

Activities: Driving, Golfing
Address : S.F. Bay Area, Monterey, California


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