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S.F. Bay Area
Monterey, California
Monterey and Area Attractions

17-Mile Drive
—Favorite Spots for Picture-Taking
— Lone Cypress
— Bird Rock
— Ghost Tree
— Spanish Bay
— The Restless Sea
— Point Joe
— Fanshell Overlook

View of Monterey's spectacular coastline from the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

Favorite Spots for Picture-Taking
along the
17-Mile Drive
There's so much to see along the scenic 17-Mile Drive — beautiful Del Monte Forest, miles of rocky Monterey Peninsula coastline and stunning Pacific Ocean views. The 17-Mile Drive map lists over "21 Points of Interest" along the route. If you don't have time to stop at all 21 places, we've listed our "Seven Favorite Spots for Picture-Taking" on this page.

  1. Lone Cypress
  2. Bird Rock
  3. Ghost Tree
  4. Spanish Bay
  5. The Restless Sea
  6. Point Joe
  7. Fanshell Overlook


The Lone Cypress
The Lone Cypress is one of California's most photographed natural landmarks along the scenic 17-Mile Drive.

The Lone Cypress - legendary Lone Cypress Tree along the 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

The legendary Monterey Cypress tree stands alone, overlooking the rocky coastline and Pacific Ocean. It's a beautiful sight, no matter what time of day — however, sunsets are really spectacular!

More Info and Photos of The Lone Cypress Tree and Deck

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Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay overlook gives visitors a great view of the surfers riding the waves!

Surfers riding the waves at Spanish Bay, along the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

The scenic area features a short narrow boardwalk along the coast — take a leisurely stroll, walk your dog... and enjoy magnificent views of the Monterey coast.

Boardwalk along the coast at Spanish Bay, on the 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

Spanish Bay also has picnic facilities and a parking area.

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Fanshell Overlook
Fanshell Overlook is famous for its small white sandy beach. It sits on one side of the scenic coastal overlook... crashing waves can be seen on the other side. Closed during harbor seal pupping season April 1-June 1.

Fanshell Overlook, along the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

 

More Info
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of the 17-Mile Drive

 

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Birds on Bird Rock - view from 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

Bird Rock
Bird Rock is one of the most popular stops along the 17-Mile Drive. It's a "must-see" especially if you like birds, harbor seals and sea lions — there are hundreds of them!

Close-up pic of Harbor Seals and Sea Lions on Bird Rock, along the famous 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

Bring binoculars if you have them (there's a row of telescopes on site if you don't) to get an up-close view.

Row of Telescopes overlooking Bird Rock on the 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

More Info and Photos of Bird Rock, Birds, Harbor Seals and Sea Lions

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Ghost Tree
When you stop at Ghost Tree overlook, you'll see right away how this area got its name.

Ghost Tree along the 17-Mile Drive Coastal route, Monterey, California

The unique Monterey Cypress Trees, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make a great picture backdrop.

More Info and Photos of Ghost Tree


The Restless Sea
See firsthand why this area is called "The Restless Sea" — vista point ocean views are spectacular! Watch surfers in nearby Spanish Bay as they navigate their way through the crashing waves.

The Restless Sea along the 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California


Point Joe
Point Joe overlook has beautiful ocean and coastal views — great for picture-taking!

Point Joe along the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Coast, California

Who Was Joe? Point Joe is located along the famous 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Coast, California


 

21 Scenic Points of Interest along the 17-Mile Drive

 

 

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