17-Mile Drive

I have mentioned in the past that after living in California for a long time, it was only last year that I went to take the 17-mile drive scenic ride.

According to wikipedia:

The 17 Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, California, much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses and mansions. It also serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this community, non-residents have to pay a toll to use the road.[1] Like the community, the majority of 17-Mile Drive is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation. The 17-Mile Drive is 9.6 miles (15.4 km) long, between the entrances at California State Route 1 and Sunset Drive.

It was one rainy day when we took the drive. While the rain did not take away from the beauty of the coastline, I fear that the gloomy conditions that day did not do justice to the place. I shall try to go back and hope that blue skies will find me what ever day I choose.

In the meantime here are what I captured in that drive.












the lone cypress

For those who does not want to pay the toll - it was $8 or $9 - and still get the same jawdropping sights - just cruise Highway 1 up and down the central coast for free :)


  1. well your pictures were certainly not gloomy at all :D

  2. That is one exclusive drive, Maria! Hmmmm. Since I'm such a cheapskate, I'd probably just cruise up and down Hwy. 1 (which I have done many a time but would love to do again, with Astrid at my side!).

  3. i like the place. good place to unwind and relax. the 7th and last photo is beautiful especially the 7th one. the pink (flowers?) surrounding the tree.

  4. you got great shots...that tree with the flowers is really beautiful. are those flowering weeds?

  5. Lovely photos, Maria! Looks like a great place to relax and unwind.

  6. That's my kind of place... the photos are great even tho the weather was not nice. There is one pic of flowers ( the 1st one ), they look like lady's slippers but I think perhaps they're not, the colors are so pleasing. I enjoyed. :))

  7. nice set! what's the pink stuff beneath those trees? are those flowers? it's so beautifully set up.

  8. at first look the rocks looked small but when you placed a person in the photo it brought out the real scale.

    nice view and i like the first photo the most.

  9. You got a fine series regardless of the overcast. They are fine pictures and do a good job of letting us see some of the sights you visited. Nice post.

  10. very nice...I enjoyed the tour...

  11. In spite of not seeing the sun, your shots turned out beautifully - the gray skies definitely convey a certain mood. I've driven on this road, but usually skip it whenever I'm down there...like you said, just drive along highway one! Must be quite an experience to live there though!

  12. nice shots, my friends just went there last weekend with the same spots you took but your camera justified more, so vivid ;-)

  13. Really amazing photos. You and your camera enjoyed that great tour. I loved the crocodile of the third photo.



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  14. the rock formations are interesting and the scenic view just looks amazing.
    i;m glad despite the gloomy weather you manage to take good shots. ^0^

  15. Maria, I really enjoy this fine series of pictures. Wonderful sceneries and flowers!

  16. Awesome shots! What a lovely place.


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