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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
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
$105.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful views!
Beautiful scenery, friendly driver, and plenty of spots for amazing photos. What a relaxing and peaceful way to see the coast and some great shops along the way.
Ivy_O, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

star-5
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!
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!
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
Awesome
Enoch_L, May 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
We all had a great time! We would definitely do it again & recommend it to others! Incredible scenery of course!!
star-5
Great way to see the coast
Alexander_G, May 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
The entire tour was awesome! Our tour guide, Shell, made it even better. She was great. The views on all our stops were amazing.
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
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!
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.
star-5
A definite yes
Korrie_C, May 2022
2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
We had such a great time. The scenery was beautiful, fresh air was fantastic and our guide, Flo, was both fun and informative.
star-5
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
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.
star-4
Not top of my bucket list of things to do from San Francisco
Julie_H, May 2022
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Driver/tour guide was amazing. Its a long day so be prepared. Sadly foggy on the way there so much of the coastline was missed but what we did see was lovely . Monterey was disappointing rather like Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco, there really isn’t enough time there to see the aquarium.Carmel was pretty and good for people watching. If youre short on money or time i would go for other tours that Viator do as they are a good company

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.
Q:
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: