on August 1, 2000
Though the tour is only about 12 miles long today, the famed 17-Mile Drive, a popular attraction since 1881, winds its way through a 5,000-acre forest comprised mostly of Monterey Pines and Monterey Cypress trees. At various points it meanders along the ocean taking in the spectacular vistas that make Pebble Beach one of the most beautiful spots in the world. At Point Joe, you'll see the meeting of two ocean currents causing the sea to churn on even the calmest of days. Bird Rock is the offshore breeding grounds of black cormorants, sea gulls and other shoreline birds. Seal Rock provides a great place to view the herds of sea lions, leopard, and harbor seals who return each spring to bear and raise their young. The drive takes in portions of the world-class golf courses, the Links at Spanish Bay, Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill. The most famous landmark on the drive is the Lone Cypress. This ancient tree provides inspiration for photographers and painters from around the world. The tour of 17-Mile Drive begins at any one of the five guarded gates into Pebble Beach. There is an entrance fee of $7 per vehicle and you'll receive a map to guide you to the various points of interest.
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