17 Mile Drive
Once I offcially moved back to Toronto from Los Angeles, I realized how much I took Los Angeles for granted. I still visit California a couple times a year and will always make the effort to visit/discover more of this beautiful state. My most recent visit to California, I flew into San Francisco and wanted to visit some surronding towns. Driving on the PCH has always been breath taking route No matter how many times I have been on this road, it still takes my breath away . The scenic drive will constantly make you want to pull over and take photos, warning, keep your eyes open... its going to be beautiful. I highly suggest that if you ever do visit California to do the drive once ( visit Big Sur ) This time around I discovered a very nice route, 17-Mile Drive.
17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California ( I visited all the above places en route ) , much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf course and mansions and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.
The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this community, nonresidents have to pay a toll to use the road, I belive it was 10 USD. Like the community, the majority of 17-Mile Drive is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation. The 17-Mile Drive is a 17-mile (27 km)-long scenic loop having four primary entrances - the main highway entrance at California State Route 1, and entrances in Carmel and Pacific Grove. Since this route is very popular, you will notice a lot of tourist and it may get crowded in certain areas.