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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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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Experience
Our guide, Thomas made the drive so enjoyable because he has such command of knowledge regarding the San Francisco area. The Monterey Bay Aquarium was outstanding!
Leslie_G, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

star-5
Would highly recommend
NICOLE_S, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Our guide Jonathan was amazing! Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Was a great way to explore the 17 mile drive.
star-5
Great tour guide....
Jessica_B, Oct 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Great tour guide. Beautiful scenery. Easy ride. Loved it!! Thank you for a great tour! Will recommend to anyone in the future.
star-5
Great Experience
Leslie_G, Oct 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Our guide, Thomas made the drive so enjoyable because he has such command of knowledge regarding the San Francisco area. The Monterey Bay Aquarium was outstanding!
star-4
Nice tour down coast
Kathryn_M, Oct 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Awesome views and great day overall! Lots of good information, but sometimes excessive details were distracting. The best way to view the coast! Our 4 star rating based on annoying microphone and speaker equipment frustrating our guide throughout afternoon ( no fault of his). Seemed like tour guide and driver relationship was not up to par. Driver, Jack was excellent, driving in difficult situations.
star-5
Guide was great and very knowledgeable about the local area
Cynthia_B, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
The coastline view and electric bikes. Our guide was also very knowledgeable and made us feel safe along the way.
star-5
Enjoyable
Julianna_H, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
I enjoyed the diverse things we did seein Monterey Carmel pebble beach and 17 mile drive including the brief walk
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Cindy_H, Oct 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Our tour guide, Tony, spent the entire trip trying to make sure everyone had fun. He was very accommodating to me and my need for extra accommodations due to my walker.
star-5
Amazing homes and incredible nature
Lois_O, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Loved Pebble Beach and all the stunning homes. Enjoyed the tide pools as well! We were able to see so much wildlife but the surfers were just as captivating to watch.
star-4
Wonderful Experience
JULIAN_G, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Doug the tour guide was wonderful and full of knowledge. All tours including the double deck bus is a must.
star-5
Carmel
Bruce, Aug 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Carmel the highlight. Pebble Beach interesting. 17 Mile drive fun. Cannery Row a joy. Ought to have tour options though for folks to go to Point Lobos, Big Sur, more time in Carmel.
star-5
Coastal California South San Francisco
Robert_T, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Our tour guide and driver Tom was wonderful. A very knowledgeable driver that loves his job. The 12 hour trip went by very quickly. He gave us some beautiful sites to see and we’re better for it. You get to see mother nature and a little shopping. The trip is well worth it.
star-5
fantastic
Daphne_S, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
your staff were very helpful to accommodate our request. even we were over time they were very nice about it

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