17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula in California

17 Mile Drive in California

Today I had one of those moments where I said, “how the heck did I ever end up here?” And it wasn’t because I was in a bad place. It was because I was in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The 17 Mile Drive winding between Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach offers so much beauty that I had to stop at every look-out point and marvel at the views before my eyes. 

17 Mile Drive in California

During the 17 Mile Drive, I was taken through a wind-sculpted forest of cypress trees to a rocky coastline where early mariners often crashed after mistakenly setting their course for this point, believing that it was the entrance to Monterey Bay.

The Lone Cypress on 17 Mile Drive

I followed the red line path that led to The Lone Cypress. This icon has prevailed on its rocky perch for over 250 years. It is revered as the eternal symbol of Pebble Beach Company.

Homes on 17 Mile Drive in California

When I wasn’t transfixed by the beauty of the ocean or the trees, I was dumbfounded by the homes that dotted the cliffs.They must be some of the most expensive properties in California.

Tress on 17 Mile Drive

The drive was one of the most magnificent drives I’ve ever witnessed. I’d like to return and spend an entire day enjoying the views and relaxing without any other plans. It is worthy of a road trip itself.

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19 thoughts on “17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula in California

  1. Probably one of my most favorite places on planet Earth. Anytime I was in San Jose on business I would take a half-day from my schedule to drive down to the Monterey Peninsula and circuit the 17 miles of one of the scenic wonders of the Pacific coast. I have taken friends their and business acquaintances over the years and all agree that this place is a bit of heaven on Earth. The only place that has equally inspired me is the north shore of Lake Superior in Ontario.

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