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17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive

17 Mile Drive, CA

The Basics

A winding road that skirts through upscale neighborhoods, forested areas, and along the oceanfront, 17-Mile Drive is situated on private property and requires and entrance fee. With that in mind, skip the driving and focus on the views by visiting as part of a tour from San Francisco that includes transportation. Your guide will handle navigation and fees, plus many tours also stop at Monterey’s Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and more.

If you prefer to drive the route independently, don’t miss the Cypress Point Lookout, where you can see harbor seals; Spanish Bay, where you can follow a paved coastal trail to Asilomar State Beach; and the iconic Lone Cypress.

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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
$95.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful Area - Worth Seeing
This tour was amazing. We stopped at so many beautiful places and had so many photo opportunities. Totally enjoyed seeing all of these areas. I wish we had a little more time in Carmel but all in all it was a great day!
Laura_D, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

star-4
Just Wonderful Views
Rowena_S, Nov 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
The Pacfic Coast scenery before and along the 17 mile drive was wonderful. Myself, I could have been happy to miss the bakery stop in the morning. This would have been a great one or two night trip to make the most of the towns. However the star was the wonderful coastline and walk.
star-5
Beautiful sights and fun facts
Kaylynn_Y, Oct 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Definitely a must-do for anyone visiting the area! Our guide Michelle was friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend viewing the 17 mile drive via e-bike (which lets do you as much or as little work as you like).
star-5
Fun day trip
Aisha_R, Nov 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Doug was a wonderful tour guide. He was funny and provided a lot of useful information. Highly recommend!
star-5
Beautiful❤️❤️❤️
Guadalupe_G, Nov 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
The 17 mile drive to the Pebble Beach. It was worth the money paid for the tour. The Lone Cypress tree is spectacular. The Carmel plaza with lots of restaurants and shops.
star-5
Terrific experience
Kelsey_S, Oct 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Johnathon turned a good experience in to a wonderful experience. So knowledgeable and light hearted guy. Definitely better to go with guide than just rent bikes
star-5
The Best Way to See the Coast!
Christie_W, Oct 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
We enjoyed the tour so much that we're thinking of buying our own electric bikes. The coast line was beautiful, and we got to stop several times for pictures and lunch.
star-5
BEST TOUR EVER!
Takisa_A, Nov 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Best tour ever! You will have the time of your life. I already want to do it again. Anthony the driver did a fantastic job describing the cities best places to ear & landmarks. THANK YOU.
star-5
Would highly recommend
NICOLE_S, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Our guide Jonathan was amazing! Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Was a great way to explore the 17 mile drive.
star-5
Excellent experience!
Robert_G, Nov 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Antonio our tour guide and driver was excellent and went above and beyond to make it a wonderful day. Even ordered perfect weather!
star-5
The views were...
MariaLourdes_S, Nov 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
The views were spectacular! We had a great day! Our driver Thomas was knowledgeable and safe driver! 👍 for Thomas and Viator!
star-5
Beautiful scenery.
Fred_P, Nov 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Tour guide Thomas Is very knowledgeable about Monterey Bay, Pebble Beach and Carmel. Beautiful scenery. Tour is well worth the time.
star-5
Great tour guide....
Jessica_B, Oct 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Great tour guide. Beautiful scenery. Easy ride. Loved it!! Thank you for a great tour! Will recommend to anyone in the future.

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.

  • Your entrance fee to 17-Mile Drive includes a map of the area, with points of interest clearly marked.

  • 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.

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How to Get There

The 17-Mile Drive runs almost the length of the Monterey Peninsula coastal road, within the gated Pebble Beach community. 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. The fee is waived if you eat or shop within the community.

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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.

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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.

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17-Mile Drive