17-Mile Drive Tours
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California’s 17-Mile Drive, said to be one of the world’s most scenic drives, is an essential Central Coast experience. Looping around the Monterey Peninsula, the private toll road offers stellar views of Monterey Bay and passes attractions such as the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, the Del Monte Forest, and the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course.
The bulk of 17-Mile Drive is a winding road through upscale neighborhoods from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, and goes through forested areas, along the oceanfront, and past several golf courses. Some of the best places to stop and admire the view are at Cypress Point Lookout, where you can see harbor seals basking on sand and rocks; Spanish Bay, where you can follow a paved coastal trail to Asilomar State Beach; and the iconic Lone Cypress, which has stood on its rocky perch for more than 250 years.
As 17-Mile Drive is actually on private property, there is an entrance fee, which also gets you a map with all the points of interest clearly indicated with a brief description of each. If you want to skip the driving and just focus on the scenery, there are tours from San Francisco include transportation. The tour guide takes care of the navigating, and these tours often include stops at Monterey’s Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and other Monterey Peninsula attractions.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Experiencing 17-Mile Drive is a must-do for all first-time visitors to this section of California’s Central Coast.
- The drive takes about 20 minutes, but allow yourself at least two hours if you want to stop at the lookouts and take in the scenery.
- The Inn at Spanish Bay and the Lodge at Pebble Beach have the only services open to the public (gas station, restrooms, restaurants).
- Hotel or restaurant reservations along the drive will get you out of the non-resident fee.
- Bicycles travel free of charge; motorcycles are not allowed.
How to Get There
Pay the entrance fee at any of the five entrances—most often, where Highway 1 meets Highway 68, or the Carmel tollbooth on San Antonio Avenue.
When to Get There
Quite busy year-round, 17-Mile Drive is especially choked with visitors in the summer. Fall and spring are the best bets for clear skies; the summer fog is heavy in the morning and can sometimes linger all day, hampering views. The drive closes during major golf events; be sure to check online before departing.
Best Beaches Along the Drive
There are multiple spots to stop and stretch your legs along the drive. Whether you want a quick jaunt down to the frigid Pacific Ocean waters, a picnic lunch spot, or some soft sand on which to nap, you’ll find it here. Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach are favorites for travelers and locals alike.
Address: 17 Mile Drive, CA, USA
Admission: $10.25 entrance fee
3 Tours and Activities to Experience 17-Mile Drive
Discover the natural and manmade beauty of 17-Mile Drive on an electric bike tour from Pacific Grove. The e-bike allows you to cover more ground without getting worn out. The tour is great for the whole family, with the option to ride tandem with children weighing up to 120 lbs (54 kgs). Along the way, learn about the area from your guide and make stops at impressive viewpoints.
Explore the famous 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, Monterey with a self-guided audio tour! Learn about iconic landmarks like the Lone Cyprus, Seal Rock, and Spanish Bay as you drive past. Discover the history behind Cannery Row, Monterey's Aquarium, and Fisherman's Wharf. Experience this ultimate scenic drive at its fullest. This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Monterey with maximum flexibility and value. Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! Recommended: purchase one tour per car. Everyone can listen at the same time! This is not an entrance ticket. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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Experience the iconic Big Sur road trip with a self-guided driving audio tour! As you drive, learn about the fairytale cottages of Carmel, the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach, and the enormous elephant seals at San Simeon. Drive over Bixby Bridge, marvel at McWay Falls, and enjoy the rugged coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway / Route 1. Big Sur is the most scenic segment of the Pacific Coast Highway (a must-do roadtrip), which you can start in either Monterey or San Luis Obispo. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app, enter password, & download the tour. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Stick to the route and speed limit for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone can listen together! This is not an entrance ticket to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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