Locals and visitors of California who have more than a few days to spend in the Golden State often go on road trips. I wouldn’t blame them as I, the resident of California, do it myself quite frequently. Nothing can beat a feeling of freedom when you drive through one of the most beautiful states in the US. But despite other scenic cross-state routes, the California Coast wins the hearts of majority of California road-trippers. Those who drove through this rugged coastal region at least once find it hard not to come back again and again. And while majority of travelers praise Big Sur with its remarkable features, only a few of them venture to 17-Mile Drive. What a shame! I’m about to change it and show you 20 pictures to inspire you to visit 17-Mile Drive.
Introduction to the Monterey Peninsula
17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. The beautiful place would definitely gain broader popularity if not for one small inconvenience. 17-Mile Drive runs through the gated community of Pebble Beach and is not free to visit. You will need to shell out $10.50 for a chance to enjoy the spectacular coastline of Northern California. Nevertheless, this treasure of Monterey Bay is worth every single penny.
But once you finally decide to visit 17-Mile Drive, you’re off to an unforgettable visual adventure (and more than that). From Huckleberry Hill to Spanish Bay Beach and Bird Rock Beach, the drive takes you on a trip of discovering unique landscapes of Northern California. Additionally, take advantage of big golf courses and play a round of golf in Pebble Beach.
Dramatic scenery lovers visiting 17-Mile Drive appreciate the chance to take pictures of the Lone Cypress, one of the most photographed trees in the world. Pescadero Point with its famous Ghost Tree spot is another popular spot to master your photography skills and ride big waves. But I’ll stop here and let you judge for yourself. So,
HERE ARE 20 PICTURES TO INSPIRE YOU TO VISIT 17-MILE DRIVE: