(Written by Bill)
One of our favorite places to, “get away”, is a quaint coastal town called Carmel located within the Monterey Peninsula in northern California. Carmel is only about a 2.5 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area making it an easy place to visit, even on the spur-of-the-moment. Most people know this area by the world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course and although its unquestionably one of the greatest courses in the world, there is so much more to see and do in the area. One such activity that we always include when visiting is to take the 17 mile drive.
17-Mile Drive is widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world. This famous coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula, featuring awe-inspiring vistas and legendary sites perfect for a day of exploration.
One of the more famous sites along the route is the Lone Cypress which is very prettily situated, as can be seen in the photos. Years ago, you could get closer, but today the 250-plus-year-old tree has some added protection from overzealous visitors in the form of limited access.
Whether the weather is good or bad, the drive is simply magnificent. We offer you some photo’s to show just some of the beauty available and hope you have a chance to travel this scenic highway and enjoy the wonderful sights it offers.
Hope you enjoy…