The 17 Mile Drive is a scenic road that meanders through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, California, much of which winds along the Pacific coastline and passes through world famous golf courses and amazing mansions. The 17-Mile Drive is actually only 9.6 miles (15.4 km) long, between the entrances at California State Route 1 and Sunset Drive.
At the north end, the road originates in Pacific Grove at the intersection of Del Monte Blvd and Esplanade Street which is only a 5 minute drive from The Stage Coach Lodge. The famous portion of 17-Mile Drive then begins a few miles south of this point. The crossing of Highway 68 and 17-Mile Drive marks the entrance to Pebble Beach.
From the Sunset Drive/Pacific Grove gate, the 17-Mile Drive runs inland past Spanish Bay, then adjacent to beaches and up into the coastal hills, providing scenic viewpoints where you can see otters playing in the surf or catch picturesque sunsets over the ocean. Travel along the road takes as long as the traveler likes, a minimum of 20 minutes south to Carmel without stops. There are numerous turnouts along the road to stop, take pictures, or get out and stroll along the ocean or among the trees. Visitors receive a map that points out some of the more scenic spots.
Chief among the scenic attractions is the Lone Cypress Tree a salt pruned tree which is the official symbol of Pebble Beach and a frequent fixture of television broadcasts from this area. The road also provides access to Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach, and other world class golf courses around the community. After reaching Carmel Way, and the exit to Carmel, the 17-Mile Drive then heads northeast to where it eventually terminates at the Highway 68/Highway 1 interchange from where you can quickly head back to our Lodge within minutes.