17 Mile Drive – Is It Worth To See It?

Imagine your eyes are closed. You feel a fresh breeze and inhale salty air. Your bare feet are touching wet, cool sand. Everything is in different shades of grey.The sand, the sea, the air.   It´s August at the Pacific in California. Along the shore are long streaks of seaweed, seashells, while the waves are crushing in. California 17 Mile Drive Isn´t this reason enough to say: „Yes“. It´s worth to see it.“?   Altough it´s chilly I feel happy. Being at the sea lifts my mood immediately.   Seagulls are passing by. Screaming in a language I don´t understand.   I am standing at the beach along the 17-Mile-Drive, a scenic route close to Monterey. Between the shades of grey I spot a light green patch. The famous Pebble Beach golf course. Golf carts are placed close to the shore. Must be fun playing here. 17 Mile Drive California A couple of miles later I watch the Lone Cypress – the famous symbol of the 17 Mile Drive. 13 years ago I already said „Hello!“ to her. She still looks the same. Lone Cypress 17 Mile Drive California The sea lions are not the same but they are as lazy as they used to be in the past. I could watch them forever. What a beautiful place. 17 Mile Drive California Being at the sea doesn´t always mean lying under palm trees looking into blue sky and jumping into warm water. A grey sky and  sea too cold to jump in can be as beautiful. scenic route California 17 Mile Drive   Now I ask you: Is it worth to see it? What do you think?

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  1. I’d love to see those sea lions, such a fun activity. I never turn down a chance to spend time near the sea, no matter the weather, so I’d say it’s worth it to see it.

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  2. I took a road trip out west about 9 years ago and drove along this same stretch of highway. This part of California is absolutely gorgeous! Well, most of California is… I really need to get back there!

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      I liked the Coast along California too. Especially the Highway 1 offers some spectacular views along the way. Altough it takes you longer to get from A to B it´s worth it.

  3. How funny I just posted about Monterey too! I didn’t get a chance to visit 17mile but drove all the way down to Big Sur. The entire central coastline is stunning, isn’t it?

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  4. Aww the sea lions! I’d love to see that. I like seeing beaches that aren’t white sand turquoise waters. It feels more pristine actually!

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      They are funny little fellows. I really like beaches like them a lot but I love white sand and turquoise waters too like the ones in the Caribbean or the Maldives…

  5. We both love driving and road tripping, and have an huge endless bucketlist in this category alone, and 17 mile drive is one I’m dying to see and experience! I loved the photo of sea lions lazing around…so beautiful!

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  6. Wow, those sea lions! There are so many of them..!

    I didn’t understand the question at the beginning? Do you mean to see that beach in California? Also the title didn’t tell me what you were going to see…

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      The 17 Mile Drive is a famous road close to Monterey where you drive along beaches, along the Pebble Beach Golf Course, where you see the Lone Cypress and sea lions.

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      I´m sure it is beautiful on a sunny day but somehow I am glad I saw it in grey-in-grey. I think it looks awesome in this color spectrum.

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  7. I love the 17-mile drive, it’s beautiful. I’ve taken a couple pics in front of that famous Lone Cypress and think it’s one of the prettiest views I’ve seen.

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  8. Of course it’s worth seeing. Except for the golf course(s). They’re a terrible desecration of what were beautiful landscapes.

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  9. I think it’s worth the experience alone, and if I happened to not like it, well at least I have the experience of having seen it. And maybe I’d have learned something new along the way?

    Love to see the sea lions also–big fan of wildlife 🙂

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      The are. It´s always a great idea to drive along the Coast if you have enough time. I did it in Croatia too. Took a long time to get to Dubrovnik but it was worth it.

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  10. I absolutely love this area and growing up Monterey was one of my favorite places to visit. The drive is beautiful although a bit scary at night the first time you drive it! A grey coast can and is gorgeous too especially if there are sea lions!

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  11. Thanks so much for linking up with us this week for #WeekendWanderlust!

    Ah the 17 Mile Drive!! We did this very same drive last year on our visit to San Francisco and I have to admit going into this we were a little skeptical especially when we knew there was a cost attached to the drive. But…and that’s a big BUT, we LOVED our experience along that stretch of the Monterey Peninsula and would highly recommend this to anyone visiting this part of California.

    As an avid golf fan, I enjoyed my time exploring Pebble Beach but the rest of the drive was really cool especially seeing the Lone Cypress and the sea lions. The conditions were not all that favorable for us either especially when we wanted to take some pictures but we were able to battle through despite the weather and really had a great time there.

    So yes, for us it is definitely worth it!

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      Good to hear you think it´s worth it, Chris. Altough the weather can be sometimes not picture-friendly it adds something mystical to the place. I like it. 🙂

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