Book With Confidence - Our Covid-19 60-Day Flexibility Promise

Quick Enquiry

17 Mile Drive, California

17 miles of beautiful scenery

Connecting the whale watching hub of Monterey with up-scale Carmel-by-the-Sea, this 17 mile drive loops around stunning scenery filled with rugged beaches, extravagant houses, windblown cypress trees and the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Cruise along 17 Mile Drive and watch seals bask in the sun and sea otters dance in the waves - This is one of America's shortest roads, but it's up there with the very best drives.

PRICES FROM JUST £1599 pp - includes flights, hotels, car hire & a fab road trip pack

17-Mile Drive, California

Your Californian road trip will take you through some of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen. Cruise along the 17-mile drive for picture perfect scenery in Carmel, California.

What is 17-Mile Drive?

The popular 17-Mile Drive is a privately managed road that takes you through an exclusive neighbourhood, past world-famous golf courses at Pebble Beach and along beautiful wind-tossed beaches.

Where is 17-Mile Drive?

Connecting Monterey and Carmel, this self-guided driving tour along the spectacular scenic road takes you along the Monterey peninsula.

Where to enter the 17-Mile Drive?

We recommend entering via the Pacific Grove Gate, off Sunset Drive, as this will put you at a great spot within the loop to witness the beautiful hot spots to the right side of the road. The other gates are located just off Highway 1, Highway 68, and San Antonio Ave. To walk or cycle along this route is free, but to drive there is a charge. As you enter there is a fee of $10.50 and you will receive a detailed guide book with numbered locations for you to stop off at. Follow the red lines along the road as you make your way through the 17 miles tour. Be careful not to stray too far from the loop, as once you lose your way the path may be hard to find.

When is the best time to visit the 17-Mile Drive?

Driving the 17 miles can be done at your own pace, choosing which sights to see and under no time limits. This can be done in anything from 1-3 hours, so if you were to start mid/late afternoon you’ll be able to catch some sunset and avoid the earlier fog. September and October have proven to be excellent months to visit Carmel as earlier in the year can get foggy and winter can be wet.

Golf courses along the 17-Mile Drive…

The world-famous U.S. Open Golf Tournament is held in June at Pebble Beach every few years and the Pebble Beach Pro-Am takes place here each February. 

The Best bits?

Those views! Take in the picturesque coastline and the Lone Cypress and feel like you’re in the cast of ‘Big Little Lies’ in this increasingly popular part of town. As you drive the 17-mile tour, you can expect for the weather to live up to the Mediterranean summer temperatures California is used to at upwards of 70 degrees, whilst winters will be cooler. Pack up a picnic and park at one of the many quiet stops, or treat yourself to dinner in The Lodge at Pebble Beach. 

explore the road trips that visit 17 Mile Drive, California below...

Drive along the Big Sur, Highway 1, California

Classic Highway 1

San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Point Lobos, Big Sur, Pacific Coast Highway, Cambria, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Los Angeles & more

Las Vegas - View of Paris Hotel, Las Vegas California Coast Road Trip

Cali Coast & Vegas

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree NP & Las Vegas!

Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas Sign. The Golden Triangle.

The Golden Triangle

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Death Valley NP, Yosemite NP, Napa Valley & more

Visit California to see Sunsets in Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Classic California

San Francisco, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Coast Highway, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles & more

Pacific Coast Highway. The Big Sur, Bixby Bridge

Pacific Coast Highway

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Coast Highway, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, San Diego & more

The Painted Ladies, colourful Houses in San Francisco, Visit Northern California

Northern California

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Yosemite NP, Lake Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic NP, Redwoods NP, Napa Valley & more

Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, Northern Cali Loop in California

Northern Cali Loop

San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Cambria, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley & more

Trees in the distance at the Grand Canyon, west coast fly drive

The Golden Arch

Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite NP, Napa Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Los Angeles & more

Skyline reflections from Portland to Los Angeles

Portland to LA

Portland, Oregon Coast, Redwood NP, Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles & more

Reflections on the Lake in Yosemite National Park, Californias west coast Road Trip

Best Of The West

Laguna Beach, Palm Springs, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, LA & more

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, West Coast America

Ultimate West Coast

Seattle, Olympic NP, Oregon Coast, Portland, Crater Lake NP, Redwood NP, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Monterey Bay, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles & more

Route 66 road signs in the Route 66 and Highway 1

The Big Two

Chicago, St Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon NP, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara,Big Sur, Monterey, San Francisco & more

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix Arizona, Southwest Road Trip

Ultimate Southwest

Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Big Sur, Los Angeles, San Diego & more

Bright colours of the Grand Canyon ON OUR Grand Tour America

Grand Tour America

San Fran, Big Sur, LA, Las Vegas, Zion NP, Grand Canyon, Texas, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Washington DC, NYC & more

get all the latest news and offers by signing up to our newsletter