Let’s enjoy some more of this beautiful California . Today, we are going to explore the 17 mile drive. In 2001, we came here but it is 13 years ago and I think I do not remember it all. This time I will take more photographs. It will help me to have memories. The day was not so sunny but never mind , we were tourists and we sized the day.
17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula , much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses , mansions and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.
The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this community, non-residents have to pay a toll to use the road. 10 $ is the fee but I think it is like going to a museum and we did not mind paying it. It is free for cyclists. Motorcycles are not allowed.
Chief among the scenic attractions is the Lone Cypress, a salt-pruned Monterey cypress (macrocarpa) tree which is the official symbol of Pebble Beach. The Lone Cypress is probably the tree the most photographed in America… I spotted a bird looking like our Steller Jay . And then we stopped at the famous Pebble beach golf course. The picture below is from the 18th hole taken just before the participants of the tournament came to play .