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17-Mile Drive
17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive

17 Mile Drive, CA

The Basics

A winding road that skirts through upscale neighborhoods, forested areas, and along the oceanfront, 17-Mile Drive is situated on private property and requires and entrance fee. With that in mind, skip the driving and focus on the views by visiting as part of a tour from San Francisco that includes transportation. Your guide will handle navigation and fees, plus many tours also stop at Monterey’s Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and more.

If you prefer to drive the route independently, don’t miss the Cypress Point Lookout, where you can see harbor seals; Spanish Bay, where you can follow a paved coastal trail to Asilomar State Beach; and the iconic Lone Cypress.

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2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Absolutely have to do this trip
The weather and scenery was spectacular. Flo was an awesome guide. He was knowledgeable, patient and allowed ample time to enjoy our stops. Highly recommend him and taking this trip.
Nigel_F, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

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Great bike tour along...
Markus_J, Jul 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Great bike tour along Monterey’s 17-Mile-Drive. Jonathan was a very good tour guide. The e-bikes were really awesome.
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Worth the price! Antonio was the best!
ljb2772, Jul 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
This was well worth the price. Our tour guide Antonio was the absolute best! Any setbacks were made better with his fun energy and stories. I would recommend getting a headset for your drivers though. Antonio did well without it but had to hold a microphone in one had while her drives which can be a safety concern. The tour was great but maybe a little too long in Carmel and Cannery Row..maybe adding another stop and making those shorter would be better.
star-5
Wonderful tour! Worth every penny
ThienNga_L, May 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Many Beautiful sceneries on the way to Monterey; beautiful waves! nice water color! Monterey is a nice and clean town! Little long drive back but it is good that you can nap before heading back to the hotel. Cannot beat the price! The tour company is very organized! Excellent staffs and driver! Many memorable stops! Thank you for a great tour!
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Beautiful coastal views ....
Steven_S, Aug 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Beautiful coastal views . We had wonderful weather and nice cool breeze. The cypress trees and golf course were highlights. The ride was good and the bikes were satisfactory. The route was not 17 miles. It was an out and back route. I thought it would be a 17 mile loop. Our tour guide was fantastic-Flo.
star-5
Absolutely have to do this trip
Nigel_F, Aug 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
The weather and scenery was spectacular. Flo was an awesome guide. He was knowledgeable, patient and allowed ample time to enjoy our stops. Highly recommend him and taking this trip.
star-5
17 miles of beautiful California
Wendy_W, Aug 2022
Coastal Pebble Beach 17 Mile Drive Guided E-bike Tour, Cannery Row
The entire experience was awesome. Our guide Dillon was great, told us the history about the places we stopped at, he was very knowledgeable as well.
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Mike is a great tour...
Cathy_D, Jul 2022
BEST 17-Mile Drive, Carmel and Monterey Day Trip
Mike is a great tour guide. He is personable and funny. He went out of his way to make sure our experience was worth while. Awesome tour!
star-5
Excellent tour, staff friendly and engaged
Kirstyn_B, Jul 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
A fabulous, fun way to see Pebble Beach and 17 mile drive. We did this with our 12 year old son, who capably managed one of the electric bikes on his own. I think I was more nervous! Jonathan, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the scenery and wildlife and provided us with a huge amount of information and also kept those of us new to ebikes safe and having fun I would highly recommend this, certainly a good way to keep teens entertained as well as the adults
star-5
we recommend this tour
Ellen_W, May 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Full day of beautiful views with lots of stops for pictures and stretching legs. Bus was clean and comfortable and your guide was knowledgeable.
star-5
Would love to come back!
Ngozi_U, Aug 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Ben was an awesome guide. My husband and I had an amazing weather day, and Ben did a great job educating us on the area. Bikes were in great condition and a blast. Would absolutely recommend this for all!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Janice_B, May 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
We had a grand experience touring Monterey and Carmel. The Oceanside and surf are majestic. The bus was clean and the tour guide/driver, Danilo, was very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. This was well worth the money and a great day overall.
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Beautiful scenery along...
Ann_P, Jul 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Beautiful scenery along 17 mile drive plus our first e-biking experience were a big hit for me and my 16 year old son! A highlight of our Monterey trip!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Experiencing 17-Mile Drive is a must-do for all first-time visitors to this section of California’s Central Coast.

  • Your entrance fee to 17-Mile Drive includes a map of the area, with points of interest clearly marked.

  • The drive takes about 20 minutes, but allow yourself at least two hours if you want to stop at the lookouts and take in the scenery.

  • The Inn at Spanish Bay and the Lodge at Pebble Beach have the only services open to the public (gas station, restrooms, restaurants).

  • Hotel or restaurant reservations along the drive will get you out of the non-resident fee.

  • Bicycles travel free of charge; motorcycles are not allowed.

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How to Get There

The 17-Mile Drive runs almost the length of the Monterey Peninsula coastal road, within the gated Pebble Beach community. Pay the entrance fee at any of the five entrances—most often, where Highway 1 meets Highway 68, or the Carmel tollbooth on San Antonio Avenue. The fee is waived if you eat or shop within the community.

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When to Get There

Quite busy year-round, 17-Mile Drive is especially choked with visitors in the summer. Fall and spring are the best bets for clear skies; the summer fog is heavy in the morning and can sometimes linger all day, hampering views. The drive closes during major golf events; be sure to check online before departing.

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Best Beaches Along the Drive

There are multiple spots to stop and stretch your legs along the drive. Whether you want a quick jaunt down to the frigid Pacific Ocean waters, a picnic lunch spot, or some soft sand on which to nap, you’ll find it here. Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach are favorites for travelers and locals alike.

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17-Mile Drive
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to 17-Mile Drive?
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What else should I know about attractions in Monterey & Carmel?
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