Want to escape the big city? Try this scenic getaway day-trip to Monterey and Carmel. Monterey’s 17 Mile Drive is one of the most famous and scenic roads in the world, no trip to California is complete without driving along the 17 Mile Drive. It is famed for its amazing scenic attractions which include; Cypress Point, Bird Rock, Fanshell Beach, Seal Point and Pebble Beach.
The Monterey Peninsula was originally mapped by Spanish explorers in 1602, thus it is also known by Spanish bay. In 1880 the ownership was finally passed to Pacific Improvement Company (PIC). By 1892 PIC laid a scenic road that they called the 17 mile drive, passing along the beaches and forested are between Monterey and Carmel. The area became a tourist destination with the building of the Hotel Del Monte. Monterey County a perfect spot for romantic vacations, imagine sunset cruises, wine tasting, these charming bed and breakfast inns and spa treatments. It’s also an ideal spot if you want to get away from busy life. It is also perfect for the family, a lot of activities can be done there, like going on a cycling tour, enjoying the fresh weather and beautiful scenery of the wildlife and having a unique shopping experience exploring antique shops and artistry galleries. Even little children can enjoy while learning about the marine wildlife specially in the aquarium.
The drive itself has the most wonderful scenery, starting with Highway One which is the best-known scenic drive in Monterey county and one of the top around the world. It’s been named one of the best scenic drives in the U.S. Highway One show off a range of geography along the way through Monterey County, where you can see the wetlands of Elkorn Slough, the fishing port of Moss Landing, the artichoke fields and Cypress Forest. The 17 Mile Drive began as a carriage road for guests at Hotel Del Monte. The road is loaded with exquisite scenery; you can see the beautiful beaches and wildlife such as seals and sea lions, the magnificent mansions, the outstanding Cypress Point and the legendary Pebble Beach. The drive through Carmel by the beach offers outstanding veiws and peaceful scenery. You will see the deep blue of the ocean. With many twists and turns you will find yourself in Carmel Valley. Shortly after the valley you enter Klondike Canyon, and soon you will be climbing into the Santa Lucia Mountains.The River Road Wine Trail as well as being a scenic drive,it has become the destination for wine lovers. So, make sure you have extra time if you plan to taste as you go. Before Highway One, the Old Coast Road was the only route to Big Sur; the dirt road is like a time machine that takes you back to the past of Big Sur. The 17 Mile Drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles is the perfect trip to fulfill your sense of adventure.