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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
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
$105.00 per adult
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Pacific Ocean waves renews the spirit. Small towns with small restaurants keeping the old music gives a peaceful ambiance
Dolores_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

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Awesome way to experience the Monterey coast!
Elizabeth_M, May 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
My friends and I had a great time on the 17 Mile Drive electric bike tour. Victor was an awesome guide…entertaining and knowledgeable. Gorgeous scenery at a comfortable activity level…highly recommend it!
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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
Beautiful, coastal ebike tour
Gary_A, Apr 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Fun and exciting ebike tour along the 17 mile drive, turning around at Pebble beach. Tour guide Victor was great!
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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We had Flo as our guide...
Joann_T, May 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
We had Flo as our guide and he was great. Very engaging and knew a lot of the history about the places we stopped at.
star-5
Totally recommend, you won’t be disappointed!
Patsy_R, May 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Awesome tour, would highly recommend!! Very friendly and knowledgeable. Took us to places we wouldn’t have known to go to.
star-5
Enjoyed the day!
John_D, Apr 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Wonderful stops! It does take about 12 hours, but worth it for the sights. Loved the 17-mile Drive. Good tour because we could relax and didn’t have to do the driving!
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Monterey Bike Tour
Nicolas_W, May 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Our tour guide Victor was awesome. Great dialogue, sense of humor, and very knowledgable on the the area. Would 100% recommend him to anyone interested in doing the bike tour.
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Highly Recommend for Older Families and Couples
Kimberly_C, May 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Wonderful tour. You have to understand what you're signing up for. This is a long day and I wouldn't recommend for someone with small children. It was great for us though. Easy way to see the area. We could have rented a car and drove ourselves but then we wouldn't have gotten the history, fun facts, and guidance of the areas we were visiting. Our guide was Antonio and we really enjoyed him!
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Fun and Informative
Caitlyn_C, Mar 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
I hate driving and love fun facts, so this guided bike tour was the perfect way to check out 17 Mile Drive. Absolutely beautiful ride and a knowledgeable guide. The electric bike doesn't do ALL of the work for you, but you don't need to be a cyclist to enjoy it. I was probably the youngest person on the tour by two decades, but all the other guests were fun and friendly.
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Highly professional and...
SeabrookTravelCenter, Dec 2021
Private Tour to Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel, and Gilroy
Highly professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Randy was punctual and the company communicated well. Highly recommend
star-5
Very pleasant day
Gary_G, Apr 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Beautiful scenery. We had a great time. Plenty of stops including a coffee and bathroom break. Our driver/tour guide was very competent but his English was a little hard to understand. Arrived back around 730pm.

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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Trip ideas


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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As well as visiting the 17-Mile Drive, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: