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17-Mile Drive
— Pebble Beach

Monterey spectacular coastline - view along the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

Scenic 17-Mile Drive
During your visit to Monterey
or Carmel, be sure to take the world-famous 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach — the landscape, vistas, ocean views and sunsets are breathtaking.

Google Map of 17-Mile Drive
along Monterey Coastline

The 17-Mile Drive can be accessed from five Entry Gates located along different parts of the 17-mile loop:

  • Highway 1 Gate
  • Samuel F.B. Morse Gate
  • Country Club Gate
  • Pacific Grove Gate
  • Carmel Gate

Welcome to Pebble Beach - Highway 1 Gate - entrance to the 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Peninsula, California

"Highway 1 Gate" at Pebble Beach
— 17-Mile Drive Map

Heading into Monterey, follow the signs to the 17-Mile Drive. Stop at the Pebble Beach entry gate (Highway 1 Gate pictured above) to pay the nominal entry fee for cars and pick up a detailed 17-Mile Drive Map. Follow the marked route (and scenic markers) as the road winds its way through Del Monte Forest and along the spectacular Monterey coastline, ending near the ocean in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Note: The Pebble Beach Gates never officially close — there is a guard at the gate all the time.

Del Monte Forest
Inland Route (17-Mile Drive)
The first part of your journey along the 17-Mile Drive takes you inland, through Del Monte Forest — it's about a 15-minute drive before the route takes you along the coast. The road is extremely windy and you need to pay attention to the signs.

Magnificent homes can be seen along the 17-Mile Drive at Del Monte Forest and Pebble Beach, Monterey, California

Along the way, you'll see magnificent homes, elegant resorts and world-famous golf courses — The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. Del Monte Forest is also home to some of the most beautiful nature trails in the country.

Vista points along the way offer spectacular views of Monterey Bay, its stunning coastline, Santa Cruz Mountains and Del Monte Forest.

Carmel Gate at 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Peninsula, CA

17-Mile Drive from Carmel
— "Carmel Gate"
If you're staying in Carmel, enter the 17-Mile Drive via the Carmel Gate (off Ocean & San Antonio, by the beach) and follow the route along the coast. You can also access this entry gate if you're heading into Carmel from Hwy 1 (off Ocean Ave).

More Info
Click here to view a Map
of the 17-Mile Drive



Scenic Monterey Peninsula
Coastal Route

The 17-Mile Drive's scenic "coastal" route hugs the rocky coastline between Carmel and Pacific Grove — offering visitors some of the best views on the planet — with plenty of places along the way to walk, jog, bike... and picnic.

Lone Cypress Tree on 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Peninsula, Monterey,  California

"21 Points of Interest"
along the 17-Mile Drive

Enjoy "21 Points of Interest" along the scenic route. Popular stops along the coastal 17-Mile Drive include:

  • Bird Rock
  • Cypress Point Lookout
  • Fanshell Beach
  • Ghost Tree
  • Lone Cypress
  • Point Joe
  • Spanish Bay
  • The Restless Sea...
    and more!

21 Scenic Points of Interest along the 17-Mile Drive

Favorite Spots
for Picture-Taking

If you don't have time to stop at all "21 Points of Interest" along the 17-Mile Drive, check out our "Seven Favorite Spots for Picture-Taking."

Our Seven Favorite Spots for Picture-Taking along the 17-Mile Drive

Scenic views along Monterey Coast, Monterey, CA

Fun Events
Planning an Off-Site Meeting or Event in Monterey? Rent a Limo or Minivan for your Group and enjoy a Scenic Tour of the 17-Mile Drive.

Directions to Pebble Beach from San Francisco
Driving time from San Francisco to Monterey is approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Take Highway 101 South (towards Los Angeles).

Exit on the Monterey Peninsula Exit — Highway 156. Highway 156 will become Highway 1. Drive South on Highway 1.

Take the 68 West (Pebble Beach/Pacific Grove) exit off Hwy 1, between Carmel and Monterey and follow the signs to the 17-Mile Drive.

Pebble Beach is conveniently located about 20 minutes away from Monterey Peninsula Airport — approximately 1 1/2 hours south of San Jose International Airport, and two hours south of San Francisco International Airport.

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21 Scenic Points of Interest along the 17-Mile Drive

Favorite Spots for Picture-Taking along the 17-Mile Drive


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