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17-Mile Drive

A scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove that is in itself one of the great attractions of the region.

TravelCurious Tip

Bring a pair of binoculars for a closer look at the animal life on Bird Rock

The 17-Mile Drive is a famously scenic 27-and-a-bit kilometre road that runs through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. For the most part it hugs the coastline and skirts some of the country’s most famous golf courses. But it is also the main road through the elite gated community of Pebble Beach and non-residents have to pay a toll to use it.


Three Trees

Many attractions can be found alongside the 17-Mile Drive, but chief among them is the Lone Cypress. This salt-pruned Monterey cypress has become the symbol of Pebble Beach. Standing alone on the peninsula, over the crashing waves and without another tree for company, there is something sad and brave about it. Some say it’s the most photographed tree in the world.


There used be two other famous trees as well. The Witch Tree was once found at Pescadero Point and made a spooky backdrop for many classic films, but it was blown away by a formidable storm in 1964. Also at Pescadero Point is Ghost Tree, another Monterey Cypress that marks a suicidally dangerous extreme surfing location known for its storm waves. The surf break there is currently off limits to surfers and watercraft — go take a look and you might see why.


Birdie

Elsewhere you have Bird Rock, which is, as you might have guessed, a big rock in the ocean that is forever covered in birds. It’s close enough that you can get a good look, and the sight can be spectacular at sunset. Sometimes the bottom is also occupied with sea lions and harbour seals. Everyone gets along when the humans aren’t around!

Nearby Attractions

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Cannery Row
A historic waterfront street in Monterey, with more than its fair share of excellent restaurants.
Lone Cypress
One of the most photographed trees in North America, the iconic Lone Cypress stands bravely on a granite outcrop along the Pacific Drive.
Golf Course
Several amazing golf courses lie along the coast, including the oldest operating course in the Western United States.
Carmel Mission Basilica
A Roman Catholic mission church dating back to the 18th century.
Carmel by the Sea
Overlooking a beautiful beach, this small town is known for its natural beauty and rich artistic heritage.
Pacific Grove
Nicknamed 'America's Last Hometown,' this charming coastal city is known for its beautiful Victorian homes - and its annual deluge of Monarch butterflies.

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