17 mile drive.

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.

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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 .

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4 thoughts on “17 mile drive.

  1. What a lovely bit of coast to drive through. And I love the Stellar’s Jay! I think they are such beautiful birds. I’d love to spot one some day. And it’s so great that you got more photos this time around. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! :))

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