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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!
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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