The Most Scenic 17 Miles I’ve Ever Driven

The Most Scenic 17 Miles I've Ever Driven. WONDERMENTARY - travel & photography blog

Just as the title says, this 17-Mile Drive through Monterey, California was the most scenic drive I’ve ever driven. That’s not saying much, since I don’t like to drive (so my miles are somewhat limited), but this awe-inspiring route actually made me like driving! It was fun to take my time, admire the scenery, and pull over every so often to take pictures (haha I sound like a grandma)! Check them out below:

I was only too excited to dip my feet in the Pacific Ocean! The last time I was on a beach, I was on the other coast in New York

A few more stops, and the scene changed from the calm little beach to this:

The Restless Sea 17 Mile Drive Monterey California
The Restless Sea

The Restless Sea 17 Mile Drive Monterey California

The Restless Sea 17 Mile Drive Monterey California

The Restless Sea 17 Mile Drive Monterey California
A suitable name, wouldn’t you agree?

Amazing, right? Then there’s this a few stops ahead:

Pink Wildflowers on 17 Mile Drive Monterey California

Playing golf on the cliffs – this is the life.

Golf Pebble Beach Monterey California

My first “major” wildlife sighting (birds don’t count), a baby sea lion basking on a rock. It’s pretty well camoflaged; can you find it?

Sea Lion Rock 17 Mile Drive Monterey California

But then we drove a little further and saw even more sea lions at its own special observation point. Little did I know this was the first in a series of sea lion and seal sightings in California (which means: look forward to the next few posts!).

Sea Lions 17 Mile Drive Monterey California

I enjoyed climbing the rocks around the beach. In fact, I was a huge fan of climbing things as a kid…so I was totally in my element here!

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Convinced Lisa to climb over too to get in on this “selfie” 🙂

The only thing I was bummed out about was that we unknowingly drove right past the “famous” lone cypress tree. Well, to make up for it, here’s a picture of what it would’ve looked like:

Lone Cypress Tree, 17 Mile Drive, Monterey CA

I believe cypress trees are also in the first pic of this post (with the car). But I am no plant expert – please correct me if I’m wrong!

Blue Beach 17 Mile Drive Monterey California

So there ya go, 17 miles consolidated into one post. Obviously, we didn’t stop at every single place, which leads me to ask: have you ever done the 17 mile drive? What were your favorite/most memorable points of interest?

Thanks for reading! (And a huge thanks to my traveling buddies, Lisa and Jiwon for taking pics of me!)

P.S. While you’re there, visit A Charming Little Town: Carmel-by-the-Sea a few miles away.

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