Carmel-By-The Sea’s 17 Mile Drive Belongs On Your Bucket List

I recently spent time in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and fell in love with the area. I had often heard people talk about the 17 Mile Drive in California and I quite honestly had no idea what it was all about. Well, let me tell you, this drive is a MUST! The day started out a little dreary and drizzly so I wasn’t quite sure if I should spend the $10 to take the drive. Tip: If you spend $25 in Pebble Beach, your $10 fee will be reimbursed. At around 3:00 p.m. I thought to myself, “What do I have to lose? I don’t have views like this at home in the Midwest”. I approached the toll booth, paid the $10 fee and was on my way. I thought to myself, “I wonder if this will be all it’s supposed to be?”

The first few miles were through a lot of pine trees and I must add the signage along the route was great. If you make this drive, follow the signs and you will have no problems completing this 17 Mile Drive. I came to a point along the drive where it appeared I would be driving out of the pine trees and sure enough, I drove out of the pine trees and the sun came out! It was just as though the 17 Mile Drive was meant for me. One of the first views I came upon was this- golfers out on a point, simply breath taking!

Golfers On 17 Mile Drive


The views along the 17 Mile Drive near Carmel-by-the-Sea are AMAZING! My favorite spot was at Mile Marker 16- The Lone Cypress!


Lone Cypress


While in Carmel-by-the-Sea I stayed at the Hofsas House Hotel, which was an ideal location! I flew into the Monterey airport and rented a car. Here’s another tip: Rent a convertible! The views here on the 17 Mile Drive were jaw dropping and I must admit they would have even been sweeter if the wind would have been blowing through my hair. I might add, if you have views like this every day, I am jealous!

17 Mile Drive

So, tell me! Have you been to Carmel-by-the-Sea and driven the 17 Mile Drive? If you have not, I insist that you get it on your bucket list now! You will put this drive on the top of your travel experiences of all time.

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Sara is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. You can find her traveling where the plane, train, ship, or car will go. Are you looking to take a road trip? Sara has solutions for you!

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