Why we loved the amazing 17-mile drive

Raluca Loteanu January 13, 2017
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17-mile drive

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After our vacation in Las Vegas that left us with a small travel budget for the rest of the month, we decided to focus on destinations that are close to our home and to make some day trips to discover this part of California. Our first trip included the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and the 17-mile drive. It was an amazing trip and we enjoyed it so much that we promised to go back there soon. 🙂

The Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail offered us a nice walk in nature and we enjoyed the sound of the waves and the silence of the area. We were almost alone on the trail because it was a rainy day, but this made the walk even more special and offered us a great family time. We only walked on a small part of the trail because Bogdan became tired so we promised to come back another day with some bikes to go through the trail easier.

After leaving the trail we drove to the entrance on the 17-mile drive. We read about the drive on the internet, but we haven’t got big expectations about it and we just wanted to admire the ocean from the car. The drive through the 17-mile was really amazing, much more beautiful than we imagined initially. Some of the landscapes were breathtaking and the views of the ocean were impressive!

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When we entered to the 17-mile drive we had to pay 10$ and we received a nice map of the attractions on the map. The map gave us the opportunity to really get to know the place and not to miss anything on the road.

My favorite part of the trip was when we stopped at the Spanish Bay Inn. The place is named Spanish Bay to honor explorer Don Gaspar de Portola, who camped here in 1769 while trying to find the Monterey Bay. At first, we wanted to eat there, but the menu was not what we wanted. Just when we were about to live, we saw the wonderful yard behind the inn and we went there for a walk. The yard was huge and seemed to be part of a golf field. At the end of it, there was a small path to the ocean that brought us on the sandy beach that was almost empty, so we had it all to ourselves. 🙂

We drove then to the Lone Cypress, a tree that became so iconic that the Pebble Beach Company added it to their logo. The Lone Cypress is consistently rated among the 10 most famous trees in the world and we could easily understand why when we saw it. We also stopped at the Fanshell Overlook hoping to see some harbor seals, but their stay there only during spring, so we need to come another time to admire them.

Visiting the 17-mile drive

There are a lot of great places along the road, so if you plan to drive there you can read more about the 17-mile drive on Wikipedia. You can also check an interactive map of the drive to get a closer look at the drive.

I would recommend this place to anyone who loves the ocean and wants to enjoy it during an amazing drive. There are a lot of places where you can stop and discover the place and it’s better to visit it in less crowdy days when you can really enjoy the silence and the scenic views. Along the way I was impressed by the beautiful houses build on the 17-mile drive, some of them looked really great and had wonderful yards.

I really loved the place and I would come back there at any time. It’s one of the most beautiful places for admiring the ocean and disconnect from all the hustle of the daily life. If you will make a trip there you will certainly get the same feeling!

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17-mile drive

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    Chloe

    January 14, 2017 Reply
    Such beautiful scenery, some of the places actually remind me a little of Australia. I hope to visit here one day!
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      Raluca

      January 20, 2017 Reply
      Oh, Australia! I dream to get there someday!
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    nallely

    January 14, 2017 Reply
    love the pictures!!! looks like an amazing place so beautiful and peaceful. sounds like you and your family had a great trip!! if i ever go to california for sure ill visit the 17 mile drive
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    Aireona Raschke - Nightborn Travel

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    I absolutely love roadtrips! Even if they aren't taking me far or far away from home. Exploring is just enjoyable where-ever it is. Beautiful pictures as well!
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    Ivonne

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    I can certainly see why you loved the 17 Mile Drive; it's breathtakingly beautiful. It's a place I would want to venture to alone for sollitude, peace, reflection and so much more.
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    Amber Myers

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    Oh wow, I'd love that drive too. What gorgeous scenery. I love your photos.
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    Whitney

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    As a parent I don't get to enjoy the long drives without a discussion in the backseat. I am glad you were able to enjoy your 17milr trip.
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      Raluca

      January 20, 2017 Reply
      I am lucky because Bogdan is used with long road trips, so he doesn't complain anymore!
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    Valerie Jane

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    These views are amazing!! I wouldn't mind that drive either!
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    andrea

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    Looks like magical 17 miles. Your pictures are excellent too; I love the ocean.
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    blair villanueva

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    Long drive is okay especually if these beautiful view will be the destination!
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    lex

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    i see reasons why its loved, the place and images tells an amazing story of how an experience it can be,.
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    Heather Denniston

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    Lord, this brings back memories! I walked/drove this with an old boyfriend about 20 years ago. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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    ruxandra

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    such beautiful landscapes & eaceful scenery ❤ definitely perfect to disconnect http://saccharine-soul.com/
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    Agnes

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    These are beautiful pictures! Makes me want to travel more and experience our beautiful earth.
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    Sondra Barker

    January 17, 2017 Reply
    The 17 mile drive sounds so lovely and the Spanish Bay Inn intrigued me even though the restaurant there didn't fit your fancy!
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    Tara

    January 17, 2017 Reply
    This sounds like an amazing trip to me. Sign me up!
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    Catalina

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    very amazing place
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    Monika

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    Lovely shots! Sometimes we look so far away but beauty is so close

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Comments (19 people commented this post)

  • avatar image

    Chloe

    January 14, 2017 Reply
    Such beautiful scenery, some of the places actually remind me a little of Australia. I hope to visit here one day!
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      Raluca

      January 20, 2017 Reply
      Oh, Australia! I dream to get there someday!
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    nallely

    January 14, 2017 Reply
    love the pictures!!! looks like an amazing place so beautiful and peaceful. sounds like you and your family had a great trip!! if i ever go to california for sure ill visit the 17 mile drive
  • avatar image

    Aireona Raschke - Nightborn Travel

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    I absolutely love roadtrips! Even if they aren't taking me far or far away from home. Exploring is just enjoyable where-ever it is. Beautiful pictures as well!
  • avatar image

    Ivonne

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    I can certainly see why you loved the 17 Mile Drive; it's breathtakingly beautiful. It's a place I would want to venture to alone for sollitude, peace, reflection and so much more.
  • avatar image

    Amber Myers

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    Oh wow, I'd love that drive too. What gorgeous scenery. I love your photos.
  • avatar image

    Whitney

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    As a parent I don't get to enjoy the long drives without a discussion in the backseat. I am glad you were able to enjoy your 17milr trip.
    • avatar image

      Raluca

      January 20, 2017 Reply
      I am lucky because Bogdan is used with long road trips, so he doesn't complain anymore!
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    Valerie Jane

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    These views are amazing!! I wouldn't mind that drive either!
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    andrea

    January 15, 2017 Reply
    Looks like magical 17 miles. Your pictures are excellent too; I love the ocean.
  • avatar image

    blair villanueva

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    Long drive is okay especually if these beautiful view will be the destination!
  • avatar image

    lex

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    i see reasons why its loved, the place and images tells an amazing story of how an experience it can be,.
  • avatar image

    Heather Denniston

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    Lord, this brings back memories! I walked/drove this with an old boyfriend about 20 years ago. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
  • avatar image

    ruxandra

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    such beautiful landscapes & eaceful scenery ❤ definitely perfect to disconnect http://saccharine-soul.com/
  • avatar image

    Agnes

    January 16, 2017 Reply
    These are beautiful pictures! Makes me want to travel more and experience our beautiful earth.
  • avatar image

    Sondra Barker

    January 17, 2017 Reply
    The 17 mile drive sounds so lovely and the Spanish Bay Inn intrigued me even though the restaurant there didn't fit your fancy!
  • avatar image

    Tara

    January 17, 2017 Reply
    This sounds like an amazing trip to me. Sign me up!
  • avatar image

    Catalina

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    very amazing place
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    Monika

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    Lovely shots! Sometimes we look so far away but beauty is so close
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