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17 mile drive

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17 mile drive

What are must stops along the 17 mile drive? we really want to see the scenery.(not to concerend about the golf course.)

We should be entering the drive from Monterey What would the best place to exit the drive if we want to head along to Carmel?

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17 Mile drive is one of those love hate places -- most of the drive is along the houses and the Golf course but there is a a lovely drive along the coast but that part can be done along Pacific grove without paying a dime and that same time could be spent in Point Lobos which is really worth visiting.

But if you do want to go to 17 mile drive you will get a map which shows the closest exit to Carmel and the part along the water is the most scenic part.

When we take visitors to Monterey we drive from Cannery row all along the bay in pacific grove and then head inland and back to Carmel (from 1 the Ocean Avenue turn) and then see Carmel beach and there is a drive south hugging the water that is lovely as well.

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The best part of the drive is by the shore at the Marine Sanctuary area. We were not impressed until we reached this area. Plenty of sea lions and sea otter with there babies on their bellies to watch.

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One of my favorite spots is called "The Restless Sea" at Point Joe, which is the southernmost tip of Spanish Bay. There is a very unusual natural phenomenon there. The waves come in from two directions, at perfect right angles to each other. It's quite fascinating to watch, especially if you understand wave theory. At first glance the water just looks choppy. But if you look carefully, you'll see that when two wave peaks meet they accent each other and make a sploosh (technical term!) upwards. Where a wave crest meets a wave trough, they cancel each other out.

The upper areas of 17 Mile Drive run along the highest parts of the Peninsula, with some good panoramic views. It's not the most spectacular part of the route, but it's still pretty. Furthermore, driving the entire loop helps put everything into context.

Of course, there are the usual attractions, Cypress Point (where Alfred Hitchcock filmed a brief scene in "Vertigo"), Midway Point (a.k.a. The Lone Cypress), and Pescadero Point (where scenes from a few movies have been filmed, "A Summer Place" being the most notable).

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The Lone Cypress is not to miss! :)

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