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Pictures of Famous 17 Mile Drive in California ~ Pebble Beach and Seacoast

Updated on September 24, 2017
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California is a state full of natural wonders including many state & national parks. See sites in San Francisco & many other areas visited.

Scenery along the 17 Mile Drive in California
Scenery along the 17 Mile Drive in California | Source

17 Mile Drive in California

Pictures and videos taken along the famous 17 Mile Drive which include such notable places like Pebble Beach golf course and the iconic Lone Cypress Tree are included in this post.

This accounts for a beautiful portion of one day on a vacation trip to California taken many years ago.

Hardy plants add color to the Pacific coastline.
Hardy plants add color to the Pacific coastline. | Source

Ice Plants

Long before I ever personally gazed upon the sand dunes covered with flowering Ice Plant in California, I had seen some beautiful slides taken of this prolific ground-cover taken by my husband long before I knew him.

As a youngster he had enjoyed a trip to California with his mother and had taken the slides which I got to view after we were married.

These succulent plants seem to thrive along the moderate climate of the salty coastline in the area of Monterrey and Carmel as well as the 17 Mile Drive the latter of which is the subject of this article.

Ice plants in bloom
Ice plants in bloom | Source

It is actually an invasive species of plant life that easily spreads and chokes out other endemic species of plants. Ice plant does however provide protection against beach erosion.

One thing is certain. Ice Plant provides a colorful palate of color pleasing to the eye!

Note the deer- 17 Mile Drive scenery along the Pacific in California
Note the deer- 17 Mile Drive scenery along the Pacific in California | Source

As my friend and I were traveling along this 17 Mile Drive Scenic Tour, we often stopped our car and got out to enjoy the beauty of the different areas.

Famous 17 mile drive image along the California coastline
Famous 17 mile drive image along the California coastline | Source

Part of the circuitous route is along the coastline where one passes world class golf courses among other things and then the tour heads inland.

There is a fee to travel this route, but we thought it well worth the money to be able to enjoy if ever so briefly these magnificent views.

At one point we saw a posted sign which had the following on it:

"MARINE LIFE SANCTUARY

FISHING BY HOOK AND LINE PERMITTED ONLY

ALL MARINE ANIMALS AND PLANTS PROTECTED

CITY OF PACIFIC GROVE MUNI CODE, CHAPTER 1404"

3 deer in this photo - 17 Mile Drive scenery along the Pacific in California
3 deer in this photo - 17 Mile Drive scenery along the Pacific in California | Source

Many free roaming deer were present and one can get quite close to them. Obviously they are used to seeing a regular parade of tourists traveling through these parts as were my friend and myself doing.

Perhaps the deer know that they are safe in this sanctuary area?

Cute little rodent critter spotted along the 17 Mile Drive
Cute little rodent critter spotted along the 17 Mile Drive | Source

Golfing Mecca!

We were to pass four golf courses on this 17 Mile Drive.

Some people dream of getting to play these courses and whether one is a golfer or not, most people have heard of Pebble Beach.

Scenery along 17 mile drive
Scenery along 17 mile drive | Source

The photo below shows a view of the first one that we saw which is the Spanish Bay Golf Links.

Spanish Bay Golf Links along 17 Mile Drive
Spanish Bay Golf Links along 17 Mile Drive | Source

Apparently it is reminiscent to some of the classic links found in Scotland and one can view the Pacific Ocean while spending the day on these manicured grounds.

Spanish Bay Golf Links along the 17 Mile Drive
Spanish Bay Golf Links along the 17 Mile Drive | Source
Spanish Bay Golf Links along 17 Mile Drive
Spanish Bay Golf Links along 17 Mile Drive | Source

Others we passed include Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course.

Besides the golf, there are very luxurious resorts at this locale where one can be pampered.

This was slightly (actually a bit more than slightly!) out of our price range.

My friend and I were staying at an Embassy Suite Hotel on Monterrey Bay while in this part of California which was more than sufficient to meet our needs.

Pacific views along 17 Mile Drive
Pacific views along 17 Mile Drive | Source

The Pacific Ocean views are wonderful all along this 17 Mile Drive.

Pacific views along 17 Mile Drive
Pacific views along 17 Mile Drive | Source

Multi-million dollar mansions are dotted throughout this alluring area in addition to the golfing resorts.

Unless one resides in this resplendent locale, it costs nine dollars to take the 17 Mile Drive. That was the charge that we incurred some years ago.

The rock in the background is called Bird Rock but also provides a haven for sea lions and harbor seals.  Location is on the 17 Mile Drive.
The rock in the background is called Bird Rock but also provides a haven for sea lions and harbor seals. Location is on the 17 Mile Drive. | Source

Bird Rock

Bird Rock gets its name with good reason. One can hear the sounds of the many birds who call this rock home even over the noise of the ocean waves.

Bird Rock is also the haven for the numerous sea lions and harbor seals who frequent these salty waters.

Seals spotted along 17 Mile Drive
Seals spotted along 17 Mile Drive | Source

We could see the dark shapes on the distant Bird Rock as some of them were sunning themselves. Also photographed were some seals resting on some rocks closer to shore.

Crocker Grover sign - 17 Mile Drive
Crocker Grover sign - 17 Mile Drive | Source

The Crocker Grove

Thirteen acres of native pine trees as well as cypress trees comprise the Crocker Grove.

I took a picture of a sign in this Crocker Grove which stated the following:

"In this grove are the oldest Monterey cypress trees - some nearly 300 years old. These trees occur naturally only here and at Pt. Lobos south of Carmel; all others have been planted. The grove, named for a founding family of this area, became a nature reserve in 1952."

Thus, these magnificent trees have been in place longer than the United States has been a country!

Monterey, California

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Drum Roll Please!

Now for the most familiar landmark of not only this 17 Mile Scenic Drive, but also the Pebble Beach Company:

THE LONE CYPRESS

The Lone Cypress is probably the most photographed iconic tree in this entire area.

Seemingly clinging to life on an outcropping of bare rock, photographers and artists and vacationers are all drawn to this site.

The Lone Cypress - 17 Mile Drive in California
The Lone Cypress - 17 Mile Drive in California | Source
Another view of the Lone Cypress along the 17 Mile Drive in California.
Another view of the Lone Cypress along the 17 Mile Drive in California. | Source

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Beach Boys "California Saga" (Shows some of the pretty scenery along with hearing the song.)

Hopefully you enjoyed this look at the famous 17 Mile Drive in California from my pictures that were taken while there on vacation.

Pebble Beach in California

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Map showing Pebble Beach, the 17 Mile Drive and Carmel to the south.

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For those who have not played this golf course at Pebble Beach, you might enjoy these videos.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      Glad to know that you liked the pictures that I took of that famous 17 mile drive in California. It truly is a gorgeous area! Hope you get to see it for yourself someday. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      It' funny how I grew up on the beach (south Fl)and they look nothing alike, except the water of course. This trip is gonna have to go on my bucket list between the Iceland flowers that pop and the deer on the beach it's got my name all over it. All the ups as usual.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eiddwen,

      Thanks for viewing and commenting on this special part of California...the 17 Mile Drive. It is rather famous and certainly has spectacular scenery! Always enjoy your visits and comments. :)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi peggy,

      I wish I had the time today to go thorugh many more of your beautiful hubs.

      Sadly I have lots of things to do, but I promise I will be back over next few days.

      I push all buttons on yor hubs even if I don't say it !!

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello GBond,

      Oh...playing Pebble Beach is a dream for most golfers. Lucky you! How did you do? The 17 mile drive is beautiful. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

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      GBond 6 years ago from Indiana

      I played there and went on the 17 mile drive- fantastic.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ParadiseForever,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the pictures of California's famous 17 mile drive. Yes...I've already written a hub about the Grand Canyon as well as other national parks. Have more to write! I just love visiting natural and scenic areas. Thanks for your interest.

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      ParadiseForever 7 years ago from Chennai, India.

      Wonderful pictures speaks! The round trip of 17-Miles Drive is very very fantastic. Are you planning to write anything about Grand Canyon? I am waiting to read it in the hope of viewing GC in rare pictures. I have no words to express my happiness after reading every hub of you here. Great writing! Keep writing!!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi susanf,

      Hope you get to see the 17 Mile Drive in California someday for yourself. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      susanf 7 years ago

      hi people i wish i cound come

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      In that case, I am happy to have introduced you to this scenic 17 Mile Drive in California. As much as I have seen of California...there is still much more to see. Thanks for your comment.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for the fine photos and information about the 17-mile-drive. I've been to California a couple times but missed this scenic cruise. I enjoyed this page a lot.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh Dohn...you are in for a treat! So many gorgeous places out West! Happy to hear that you liked the photos of the famous 17 mile drive in California. That lone cypress tree is the most photographed object of all. Thanks for the comment.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      The only place I've been to in the West is the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. However, that will change next year! I can't wait. Thanks for a very scenic hub! I really enjoyed the pictures, especially the Lone Cypress Tree.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Dolores,

      Driving the entire coastline would be fantastic! I've only seen bits and pieces. Glad you liked this about the 17 mile drive and thanks for the nice comment.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Yet another dream trip. I have visited southern CA and loved it there. Someday, I'd like to do the whole coast. What a fantastic state. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures, Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      The famous 17 mile drive of California would have been even more dazzling had you been along, Candie! :) Thank YOU for the comment.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Ah Peggy! I do love traveling with you! Thank you!!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello emievil,

      So happy that you could enjoy my photos of the famous 17 mile drive in California. Even though you did not get to see it in person, it sounds as though you had fun doing what you did get to see in San Jose and also Monterey. Only so much time! Right? Always more to see... Thanks for the comment.

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub Peggy. I love your pics. The 17 mile drive was actually one of the places I wanted to visit when I stayed in San Jose, California for 3 months. As it was, I only managed to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now, reading your hub, I'm sad that I didn't push through with my original plan to visit this famous place. But hey, your hub is a great substitute to seeing the real place. Thank you for this hub and for sharing your pictures with us.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello myownworld,

      Happy to hear you liked this journey along the famous 17 mile drive in California. The animals in the wild always add interest. Thanks for your nice comment.

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      another lovely journey that we shared with you through your hubs! I love how you include little details about the animals u see along the way too. thank you for the treat! x

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      That is quite a story about your friend golfing at Pebble Beach and how they handled the earthquake tremors. Ha! Glad you liked the photos of the 17 mile drive. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Our trip was wonderful indeed and the 17 mile drive was worth the effort to see. So very beautiful! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      Several years ago a friend of mine had just finished a round of golf at Pebble Beach when an earthquake struck. He, the rest of his foursome, and the other patrons of the "nineteen hole" calmly picked up their drinks, walked to the middle of the eighteenth green, and waited for the tremors to cease. The pictures are beautiful.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      That must have be lovely experience. Thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed visiting the famous 17 mile drive in California by reading this hub. Nice to be able to share this with you. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul,

      Attending a U.S. open at Pebble Beach must have been fun. Probably encouraged your desire to play the course yourself even more. May your dream come true! Thanks for visiting this hub about the 17 mile drive and leaving your comment.

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Another beautiful story you've told us. You've written your hub in a such way that made me imagine traveling to those places myself. Thank you for giving me another imaginary trip to America.

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      Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I've been there several times. Loved seeing the pictures. Someday I'm going to play golf there, although I've attended a US Open there - not quite as good as playing, but Pebble Beach is amazing. That's for sure.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tatjana-Miheala,

      Happy that you liked these pictures that I took along the 17 mile drive. So you too have iceplant. It is so pretty! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Wow, beautiful photos! BTW, we have iceplant here on the seaside as well.

      It was pleasure looking your astonishing pics. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      What is Bubba Gumps? We were staying in Monterey also, did the 17 mile drive and also stopped in Carmel. Great trip and as you say, well worth it. Thanks for the comment.

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      That is a wonderful drive. I have been there a few times. We stopped at Bubba Gumps in Monterey, I like that. We also wandered around through Carmel. It is a trip worth doing.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hmrjmr1,

      Just keep your eye on the ball and not the gorgeous scenery and you'll do OK. :) That scenery along the 17 mile drive is stupendous! Thanks for the comment and hope you get there as you wish.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      One Day I will get there and play!