Noted as one of the most scenic drives in the world, the 17-Mile Drive allows visitors to explore the spectacular scenery of the Pacific Coast.

The famous coastal drive runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach with breathtaking views of the rugged Pacific coastline and the magnificent Del Monte Forest.

We started the coastal drive from our hotel on Cannery Row, InterContinental The Clement Monterey, and drove along Ocean View Boulevard passing by Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.

Visitors are required to stop at the 17-Mile Drive Toll Gate to pay the $10 (per car load) toll and will receive a map of the 17-Mile Drive points of interest.

We spent our time driving leisurely along the coastline, stopping at almost every vista point to watch the waves crash into the shoreline and to spot sea otters, seals, or sea lions.

Somewhere along the drive, we stopped to photograph the rocky shore and discovered a harbor seal giving her pup a swim lesson in one of the quiet coastal bays!

Having endured over 250 years atop the rocky cliffs, the unique Monterey Cypress tree has become the iconic symbol of Pebble Beach.

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