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17-Mile Drive
17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive

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1,861 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

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Relaxing, spectacular coastline views
Donna_S, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Antonio was an awesome guide, very knowledgeable, great personality. Perfect way to see the sights without the headache of driving.
star-5
So much fun!
Kim_H, Jul 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Our guide Zane was so fun and informative. Great views! Very fun! Made some great stops and learned about culture and wildlife in the Monterey area. Electric bikes are the way to go.
star-5
WONDERFUL!!
Ashley_H, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Excellent tour!!! Tour guide was great. We get to see a lot of sites and take pictures. The tour is worth the money!
star-5
AMAZING activity
Marlo_S, Jul 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Truly amazing experience! Well run, professional and the guide was incredible (Jonathan). DO NOT miss this one.
star-5
Good tour
Paulette_S, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Antonio was a great guide ,would recommend to anyone wanting to see the 17 mile drive and Monterey. The only thing that could of been skipped for me is the Carmel mall.
star-5
Great day - memorable trip!
Holly, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Antonio was our driver and guide who made certain our day was memorable. He shared stories along the way and tucked in a stop to a fruit stand in the middle along the way! We learned a lot about the areas we visited as well as many in between. Wonderful guide and trip. Well worth its price!
star-5
Outstanding tour!
Lori_W, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
This was an amazing trip!!! We loved every minute of the 12 hour tour!!! Our driver was very informative and very friendly. The views was breathtaking and the places we visited we fun and beautiful! Loved the trip!
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Convenient journey
zamina_Y, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Experience is comfortable, easy and interesting, i liked cannery raw a lot with dynamic environment. Ps: please fix toilets in the bus🙃
star-5
Great tour
Howard_S, Jul 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Tour of Monterey was great. Jonathan was an amazing tour guide. He was so entertaining and the tour was just as educational. Besides that the tour was extremely fun. My wife and I have never rode a motorized bicycle before and it was awesome as at some points during the tour we were traveling at speeds over 20mph. I highly recommend this tour if your in the Monterey area.
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The Most Knowledgeable Tour Guide Ever!
Photos-Alot, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
So glad I did this day trip! Our guide was so so knowledgeable on nature, updated facts on politics and corporate politics historically and currently and how decisions and actions negatively or POSITIVELY impacted what we were viewing. He was up on pop culture too! Learned so much about California and these historical places and views. Stopped at a number of interesting places and view points along the route. Many mansions pointed out. Am very impressed and will use Viator in the future
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Bay tour
Eileen_R, Jun 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
The entire tour was extremely eye opening. I enjoyed seeing the caramel bay with it's white snow and exploring 17 mile drive. Our driver was Antonio, he was super awesome! Super kind and made the experience so much better!! it's a beautiful tour and a beautiful experience. I would recommend anyone trying to explore the bay area take this tour.
star-4
Awesome Trip !
Sachin, Jul 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Awesome Trip, it was really fun ! Our Guide was really informative and jolly. We had a real good time.

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