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17-Mile Long Beauty of 17-Mile Drive

They say Mother knows best. But if mother is not there, and we are talking about travel, my Uncle E certainly knows best.

In my 1st trip to the USA, he certainly knew how to win my heart over for USA. California to be specific. Our roadtrip from Los Angeles to San Francisco left me wanting more. We took the scenic and picturesque California State Route 1, and after that, Uncle E gave me a surprise detour daytrip to Carmel and Monterey instead of going straight to Frisco 🙂

Let’s explore the 17 mile-long breathtaking natural beauty of 17-Mile Drive, Monterey!

17-Mile Drive

Welcome to the playground of the rich and famous. With a resort, residential community and 4 golf courses, the place is endowed with the most beautiful natural setting that complements the opulence of the manmade structure within.

There are 21 points of interest of the 17-Mile Drive most of which are at the Pebble Beach coastline.

Since these photos were taken 4 years ago, I could not identify anymore where these were taken. If only I knew I’d get into blogging later 😦

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Stop # 5 – Spanish Bay

It is said that Gaspar de Portola, the Spanish explorer along with his crew, camped here in 1769 while in search of Monterey Bay.  Today, this is a popular stop for picnics or shoreline walk.

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Stop # 7 – Point Joe

A historically dangerous spot of the coastline when early sailors mistakenly thought this was the entrance to Monterey Bay.

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Stop # 8 – China Rock

This spot’s name is taken from the Chinese fishermen in the late 1800s and early 1900s who made the base of this big pile of rocks their home.

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Stop # 10 – Bird Rock

An interesting viewpoint, it is said its name was taken because of the thousands of birds roosted there. We were lucky to see a flock on the rock.

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Stop # 13 – Fanshell Overlook

This spot is a great place to chance upon Harbor Seals. The pupping season was over when we went. We saw a group hanging out in the rock.

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Stop # 16 – The Lone Cypress

The highlight of the 17-Mile Drive, so much so that they adapted this icon as the logo of Pebble Beach Company.

The Lone Cypress is a Monterey Cypress tree which grows naturally only in Pebble Beach and Point Lobos near Carmel-by-the-Sea. Although other cypress trees grow in the area, the Lone Cypress is solitary and the farthest from the viewpoint. This 250 year-old or so tree is now reinforced with cables supporting the tree and fenced in hopes for it to live longer.

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Yes, this squirrel was a surprise visitor of the Lone Cypress that day 🙂

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Stop # 17 – Ghost Trees

So-called because of the Monterey Cypress trunks bleached into white color from wind and sea spray. There’s one right at the look-out point for the Lone Cypress and there’s a forest full of these ghost trees.

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Stop # 19 – The Lodge at Pebble Beach

The heart and soul of Pebble Beach, this is home to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Posh dining and shopping options are available. But for the budget-conscious travelers like us, the well-maintained lawn overlooking the beach is a good place to people-watch and rest our weary feet.

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Certainly, a road-trip worthy to be taken. I recommend at least a full day to enjoy the 21 attraction points of the 17-Mile Drive.

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