17-Mile Drive is one of the most scenic routes in the world, and it’s an absolute must when visiting Northern California. Our half-day trip led us through a stunning setting of natural beauty of cypress-filled forest and along the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean.
After paying the $10 entrance fee, follow the red line through the majestic Del Monte Forest.
Poppy Hills Golf Course
The Inn & Links at Spanish Bay
The Restless Sea
Many mistakenly believed that this point of Spanish Bay was the entrance to Monterey Bay, which is actually farther north. The errors in their navigation also led to the sinking of their ships off the rocky coastline.
Bird Rock Hunt Course
It’s the home to numerous seabirds, sea lions and harbor seals, each vying for a coveted spot on the rugged outcrop. During spring and summer, Brandt’s cormorants, pelicans and gulls cover the rock as they prepare to nest.
Seal Rock Picnic Area
Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Designed by Robert T. Jones, Sr., this is one of the world’s most challenging, 18-hole golf courses. They say that Robert Louis Stevenson used to amble through the Spyglass area, collecting ideas for his famed classic Treasure Island. Hole names on the greens, such as “Billy Bones” and “Black Dog,” reflect the characters in his novel.
Cypress Point Lookout
Named after the founder of 17-mile Drive, Charles Crocker, the grove is home to several species of native pines and Monterey cypress. Crocker was a railroad tycoon in the 19th century and founded the Central Pacific Railroad.
The Lone Cypress
This is one of California’s most beloved and enduring landmarks, and it has withstood Mother Nature’s forces for more than 250 years from its rocky perch. An average Monterey cypress can grow between 40 and 90 feet high and live up to 300 years.
The Ghost Tree
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Peter Hey Par 3 Course and 100th U.S. Open Monument
Named after native golf pro Peter Hey, this part of the course also boasts a 30,000-pound bronze sculpture titled Momentum, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Open Championship in 2000.
Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
Guided tours of 50 to 75 minutes take visitors through the Del Monte Forest or along the beach of the Pacific Ocean—it’s an unforgettable experience.