17-Mile Drive Review
Primordial nature resides in quiet harmony with palatial estates along 17-Mile Drive, which winds through an 8,400-acre microcosm of the Pebble Beach coastal landscape. Dotting the drive are rare Monterey cypress, trees so gnarled and twisted that Robert Louis Stevenson described them as "ghosts fleeing before the wind." Some visitors balk at the $10 per car collected at the gates to drive on the private roads, but most find the drive well worth the price. An alternative is to grab a bike; cyclists tour for free. There are three entrances: the Highway 1 Gate, at Highway 68; the Pacific Grove gate, off Sunset Drive; and the Carmel gate, at San Antonio Road near Carmel Beach. If you spend at least $30 on dining or shopping in Pebble Beach and show a receipt at the exit gate, you'll receive a fee refund.
- Address: West of Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 68 intersection, Pebble Beach, CA, 93953
- Location: 17-Mile Drive